Potential Health Issues Stemming from Blood Types

Potential Health Issues Stemming from Blood Types

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.

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