FoodSafety-AtRisk-2013

The chronic disease process andor the side effects of

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Unformatted text preview: t one medication. The chronic disease process and/or the side effects of some medications may also weaken the immune system. In addition, stomach acid decreases as people get older, and stomach acid plays an important role in reducing the number of bacteria in the intestinal tract – and the risk of illness. People with Immune Systems Weakened by Disease or Medical Treatment The immune system is the body’s natural reaction or response to “foreign invasion.” In healthy people, a properly functioning immune system readily fights off harmful bacteria and other pathogens that cause infection. However, the immune systems of transplant patients and people with certain illnesses, such as HIV/ AIDS, cancer, and diabetes, are often weakened from the disease process and/ or the side effects of some treatments, making them susceptible to many types of infections — like those that can be brought on by harmful bacteri...
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