Many factors have an impact on an individual’s health, some factors are modifiable while some are not. One such non-modifiable factor is one’s, blood group. A person’s blood group or blood type is something that he inherits from his parents. Most people feel that their blood type has nothing to do with their health, but it’s not true. Your blood type interacts with the immune system in a unique way and affects the risk of certain diseases. Read ahead to find out what your blood type can say about your health.
Heart diseases- Types A, B, AB
Blood types A, B, AB, or non-O blood types have 25-30 % higher levels of blood-clotting proteins. In part, because of this difference, people with non-O blood types have a 15% greater risk of dying from heart disease as compared to people with other blood groups.
Lower risk of blood clots- Type O
Type O blood groups have lower quantities of the blood-coagulating proteins. So, such people are less likely to suffer from blood clots.
Fertility problems- Type O
People with type O blood group may face interference with pregnancy. As per a research published in the journal “Human Reproduction”, people with O type blood groups are twice as likely to have high levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which can indicate low ovarian reserve ( which means fewer egg cells for fertilization).
Also, women with both O and A blood types are less likely to have a successful IVF as compared to those with type B.
An increased risk of gastric cancer- Non-O type
Certain blood types are linked to a higher risk of heart diseases. It has been found that non-O blood types (A, B, or AB) have an increased risk of gastric cancers. This can be possibly due to an inflammatory response of these blood types to H. pylori bacteria (a type of bacteria known to cause gastric ulcers).
Deep vein thrombosis or Varicose Veins- Non-O types
Due to the high risk of blood clotting, blood types A/B are more likely to suffer from venous thromboembolism (a clot that forms in the deep veins of the leg, groin, or arm). Such people are at a higher risk of thrombosis and varicose veins. Make sure you do not miss the silent signs of varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis. In case you notice anything worrying, get in touch with our doctors for the most advanced and pain-free laser treatment for varicose veins.
Diabetes- Type A or B
People with A or B blood type have up to 21% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as compared to the ones with type O blood group. Several studies have supported this statement. However, the exact cause behind this is yet to be discovered.
What Does This Mean for Your Health?
Knowing your blood type is just one way to better understand or manage your health. There are numerous other factors that can increase the risk of ill-health or diseases. Make sure to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle and exercise regularly. In case you experience discomfort or symptoms, get in touch with your doctor.
Disclaimer: This blog provides generic information only. In no way is it a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist doctor for more information.
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