How can I increase the level of antibodies in blood?
Q: I am a 37 years old male, weigh 85 Kg and am 5.10 feet tall. I want to donate blood (I already donated 6-8 times before) voluntarily. But this time, lab technician told me that my level of antibodies is much less than required level (it was 117.5 whereas required was 500 in Saudi Arabia). How can I increase it? Please Suggest.
A:Antibodies (or immunoglobulins) are proteins produced by the immune system of the body in response to a foreign substance like infectious agents (bacteria, viruses etc.), drugs, foods, animal or plant protein or cancer cells. They are of five types and their level varies with age and each laboratory determines its own biological reference interval. They protect the body and play a role in allergic reactions. Immunoglobulin G (IgG) has the highest levels in blood followed by IgA and IgM. The levels of Ig D and IgE are very low. If the levels of immunoglobulin in the blood are reduced (hypogammaglobulinemia), a person is susceptible to infection. Food and exercise have no perceptible impact on immunoglobulin levels. You need to consult a doctor who can examine you and then advise you appropriately.