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Nutrition, Immunity and Infection

Nutrition, Immunity and Infection

P Shetty

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Nutrition, Immunity and Infection

Infectious diseases are an important cause of malnutrition. Recurrent infections increase the risk of malnutrition while poor nutritional status results in lowered immune status and predisposes to infectious disease thus propagating the vicious cycle of infection and malnutrition. The nutrition-infection-immunity axis is crucial for both developed and developing countries and is now a central feature of many nutrition and infectious disease courses.Bringing together nutrition and immunology, Nutrition, Immunity and Infections covers the topic in an accessible format for all students of nutrition, medicine and public health. Through his work at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the FAO's Food and Nutrition Division and his current post at the University of Southampton, Professor Shetty has built a reputation to match his wealth of experience in the relationship between nutrition and susceptibility to infection.


Students and researchers in human nutrition science and medical nutrition.

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Author P Shetty
Availability In Print
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Extent 224 Pages
ISBN 9780851995311
Publication date Jul-10
Book Type Softcover



1. Introduction

2. Defence mechanisms of the body

3. Nutrients in food

4. Role of nutrients in infection and immune functions

5. Effects of under nutrition on host defence mechanisms and the immune response


6. Role of infections in the aetiology and pathogenesis of under nutrition

7. Vitamin A deficiency and risk of infection

8. Zinc deficiency and infections

9. Iron status and risk of infection


10. Nutrition and diarrhoeal disease

11.Nutrition and parasitic infections

12. Nutrition and HIV/AIDS

13. Nutrition and tuberculosis


14. Nutrition and infection in infancy and childhood

15. Maternal nutrition and infection

16. Nutrition and infection in the elderly and aged

17. Relationships between infections and non-communicable diseases

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