What Your Blood Says About Your Health

April 26, 2018

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What is your blood type?  Knowing it can give you an insight to your immune system and overall health as well as alert you to potential health problems. It’s thought that different blood types may protect us from different diseases; scientists have been finding links between blood types and illness.  The four types of human blood, A, B, AB and O, are grouped by antigens found on the surfaces of red blood cells. A particular protein determines if your blood is positive or negative (around 85% of the population has positive blood) and while it is important to know this for blood transfusions, some blood protect the body differently.  A recent study found people with Type AB blood were 82% more likely to experience difficulties with memory recall, language, and attention than people with other types. People with type O blood are at a lower risk for pancreatic cancer. People with Type A blood are more likely to have higher levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in their body and are less magnetic to mosquitoes. People with Type B blood  have a 11% higher risk of heart disease  and a raised risk of ovarian cancer, but contain up to 50,000 times the number of strains of friendly gut bacteria than people with either type A or O blood. Those with type O blood (the most common) you are more likely to get ulcers and believe it or not, to rupture your Achilles tendons. Those with Type O blood are twice as likely to be a mosquito magnet than those with Type A blood but a lower risk of dying from malaria, which is spread by mosquitos.


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