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Immune System

The Immune System is a complex collection of mechanisms that protect the body from infectious organisms and disease. White blood cells, or leukocytes, are a major part of the immune system that seek out and destroy disease causing organisms.

Your immune system works constantly to defend your body against viruses, toxins, bacteria, microbes and parasites. When you get a cut, it is your immune system that eliminates invaders. When you get a mosquito bite or other irritant in your skin, it is your immune system that causes inflammation due to its fight against bacteria. In some cases the immune system doesn’t work properly, for example, allergies are a sign of your immune system overreacting to stimuli.

Diabetes (unlike type II Diabetes is also a sign of your immune system attacking cells in the pancreas that are needed. The immune system also makes organ transplants difficult, because it senses the organ is an invader and seeks to reject it. Although the immune system can present challenges, we would not live very long without this complex system to defend us from disease.

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