Knowing your blood group is a very important condition for everyone, according to a new study. Although there is no direct role in the quality of our daily lives, the knowledge of the blood group can have a very positive long-term significance for our health. Especially if we take into account some newly discovered features associated with different types of blood groups.
The blood group can provide a lot of information about what health problems we are predisposed to in the long run. And although we can not change our blood-group membership by knowing our blood group, we can take timely measures to prevent the health problems it predisposes us to.
Blood clotting problems
Studies have shown that people with blood group A, B or AB have a 30% higher risk of blood clotting and thrombosis problems. The problem comes from the corresponding antigens on the surface of the blood cells, which determine a higher tendency to platelet adhesion. The lack of these antigens in people with a blood group is the reason why they are most likely to report thrombosis and other problems with increased blood clotting.
As a result of stomach and duodenal ulcers, people in the blood group A or AB fall into the least risky group. This type of problems are most common in people in the blood group 0, regardless of their rhesus factor. Clinical data suggest that the cause of this relationship is the different influence of blood grouping antigens on the body’s immunological response to infections. Ulcers develop precisely because of an infection caused by Helicobacter pylori bacteria . Scientists believe that the immune system in people with blood group 0 has less potential to neutralize this type of bacteria, but the exact link is yet to be specified.
Harvard University study shows that people with blood type A or AB have a 23% higher risk of developing heart problems compared to the risk of a zero blood group. For the time being, it is supposed that the basis of this relationship is certain genetic features that are inherited in a coupling, along with the genes defining the blood group. These data prove the assumption that the tendency to heart problems is often inherited.
Here, again, the zero blood group is the least risky. This is evidenced by a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Data from it suggests that the risk of pancreatic problems can be graded on the basis of the blood group. Assuming that the risk of these problems in a zero blood group is one, it is 30% higher in blood group A, in AB – 50% higher, and the most serious is in people with blood group B – almost twice as high as in a zero blood group.
These predisposing features of the blood groups are indicative and for the time being are based mainly on statistical medical data . However, they are a fact and, according to experts, are sufficient grounds to take preventive measures in every person based on what problems are predisposed to their blood group. In the long term, the role of these preventive measures can only be beneficial.