- Fertility problems are more prevalent in Type O blood
- Those with type A, B, and AB are at a higher risk for heart diseases
- Non-O blood types are more prone to gastric cancers
Lots of people take their blood type for granted. They only take interest in it when it had become necessary during medical check-ups or something more serious, like hospitalization.
There are eight common blood types, which are determined by the presence or absence of molecules called A or B antigens and the protein called Rh factor. These antigens influence not only your blood.
It also plays a role in your other body systems such as your vessels, platelets, and nerve cells, which explains why blood type may increase your chances of getting certain diseases. Here are the different blood types and the respective diseases that each type if prone to.
Blood type: A, B, and AB
Blood types outside of Type O are more prone to heart diseases because these people have about 25% to 30% more levels of blood-clotting proteins called Von Willebrand factor and factor VIII. People with these blood types have a 15% greater risk of death from heart issues, a 2015 report from BMC Medicine stated.
Blood type: O
Disease: Fertility problems
According to research from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, those with Type O blood are more likely to have twice as likely to possess higher levels of follicle-stimulating hormone or FSH that can indicate low ovarian reserve.
Blood type: AB
Disease: Memory loss
This is the least common blood type and also has higher chances (82%) of developing cognitive issues later in life. Blood type AB has higher levels of factor VIII, which may contribute to this probability.
Blood type: A or B
According to a study published in Diabetologia, if you have either of these blood types, you may have 21% higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Those with blood type B+ have higher odds of getting the disease.
Researchers can’t pinpoint the exact reason, but they theorized that blood type has an influence on the GI microbiome. This has an effect on inflammation and glucose metabolism.
Blood type: Non-O types
Disease: Gastric, Deep vein thrombosis
According to BMC Medicine, those with blood types outside of O may have an increased risk for developing gastric cancers. The researchers write that this is possibly because of an inflammatory response to H. pylori bacteria. This bacteria is one of the causes of gastric ulcers. 0
Meanwhile, research from the University of Minnesota revealed that people with type A/B blood are also 31% more likely to have venous thromboembolism, a clotting that happens in the deep veins of the arm, groin, and leg.
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