Vaccination against various infections can slow down the body's natural aging process. Olga Tkacheva, director of the Russian Gerontological Research and Clinical Center of the Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, chief freelance geriatrician of the Ministry of Health, spoke about this. Her words are quoted by RIA Novosti.
According to her, with the help of vaccines, you can reduce the syndrome of systemic inflammation and thereby inhibit aging. “Vaccination is not just the prevention of some infectious disease, it is also an effect on the rate of aging,” she said.
Tkacheva clarified that any infectious diseases transferred by a person during his life leave a mark on the body and contribute to "smoldering systemic inflammation." “The higher the level of inflammation, the faster a person ages,” the doctor added.
Earlier, demographer Alexei Raksha said that the coronavirus epidemic took Russians from five to ten years of life. Prior to that, scientists from the United States, Britain and Portugal estimated that residents of the United States had lost 10.8 potential life years. In the UK, this indicator was 14 years for men and 12 years for women.