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Potential Health Issues Stemming from Blood Types

New research has found that your blood type could have an effect on your health – in both positive and negative ways.

For years scientists have thought that your blood type only matters when it comes to transfusions. However, a recent study has shown that your blood type can play a key role in how resistant or susceptible you are to certain illnesses.

For example, if you are blood type AB, you have a 26% more chance of developing stomach cancer than blood types B or O. If you’re type A, it’s 20% higher than O and B. Gustaf Edgern’s, the principle researcher, study concluded that a common bacteria in our stomachs, known as H. Pylori may be to blame for this as those with type AB or A blood may have a more aggressive reaction to it, increasing the risks of cancer. The H. Pylori bacteria is also responsible for stomach ulcers, thus meaning that type AB or type A again are at a higher risk of suffering from ulcers than type O and B.

However, Type O isn’t immune to everything! In-fact, it’s been proven that O blood types are more vulnerable to norovirus, the potentially lethal vomiting and diarrhoea bug. Also, men with type O blood could be more prone to obesity, say Danish researchers. Although being type O isn’t all that bad as this type is 37% less likely to develop pancreatic cancer, suggests the National Cancer Institute. Once again, researchers point towards the stomach bacteria H. Pylori.

Your blood group can even effect your conception!

A US study of more than 560 women in fertility treatment found that those with type O blood were up to twice as likely to have a lower egg count or poorer egg quality. Group A women seemed better protected against their egg count falling over time. There are also fears that omen with type AB blood may treble the risk of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy.

If you’d like to study blood types for yourself, you can enrol on one of our phlebotomy courses. Visit our ‘book a course’ page to secure your place today! Alternatively, if you’d like to find out more you can call us on 01609 751 610.

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Why do We Need Blood Tests?

For those not aware, phlebotomy is the practice of taking blood from a person, more than likely to be tested at some point. Phlebotomists are medical health professionals who are qualified in this task, and are experts at withdrawing blood. However, a lot of people are confused as to why blood would ever need to be taken; surely keeping as much of our blood inside us is the best plan of action? Well, not always. Today we would like to look at a few of the reasons why blood is often taken.

One of the most common reasons to take blood is to examine it for medical purposes. There are many reasons to take blood for medical purposes, as there are many possible issues that a doctor is looking for. Some blood tests may require you to fast for 8-12 hours proceeding. You may also have to stop taking certain medication. However, if this is the case then your doctor will inform you accordingly.

As well as looking for virus’s or diseases blood tests can help doctors determine whether a certain organ is functioning properly or not. These tests can include:

  • Blood Cholesterol Test
  • Blood Culture
  • Blood Gases Test
  • Blood Glucose (Blood Sugar) Tests
  • Blood Typing
  • Cancer Blood Tests
  • Chromosome Testing (Karyotyping)
  • Coagulation Tests And International Normalised Ratio (Inr)
  • C-Reactive Protein (Crp) Test
  • Electrolyte Test
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (Esr)
  • Full Blood Count (Fbc)
  • Genetic Testing And Screening
  • Liver Function Test
  • Thyroid Function Test

As well as to determine your medical condition, blood tests can be taken for research purposes. Obviously, medicine is a huge part of these blood tests. Your sample can be used to see how effective a new medicine is, for example.

As well as this, blood can often be taken for sports research purposes. It is becoming more and more common for top level sports people and teams to test their teams to see how they react to certain diet and training protocols, in order to squeeze every last bit of performance out of them.

In the past we have heard of previous students of Phlebotomy Training Services going on to fulfil a number of these roles. To find out more about phlebotomy, or the services and training we provide, just call us on 01609 751 610.