These findings provide new insight into the relationship between blood type and disease risk.
Many individuals believe that their blood type influences their personality or that specific meals might improve a person’s body type depending on their blood group. While these assumptions are not always correct, a recent study suggests that blood groups may make people more susceptible to certain diseases.
Researchers say specific blood types with increased risk of developing clots, such as deep vein thrombosis (DBT), and other bleeding conditions, as well as pregnancy-induced hypertension. Additionally, the research found an association between the blood types B and O and the formation of kidney stones. These findings provide fresh insight into disease predisposition according to blood type.
According to the researchers, specific blood types are associated with an increased risk of forming clots, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and other bleeding problems, as well as pregnancy-induced high blood pressure. Additionally, the study discovered a link between blood types B and O and the development of kidney stones. These findings provide new insight into the relationship between blood type and diseases risk.
According to preliminary studies, those with type A or type B blood are more likely to develop heart problems, whereas people with type O blood are more likely to develop a bleeding issue.
In Sweden, over five million people were analyzed to see if their ABO blood type or RhD-positive/negative blood groups were associated to specific diseases. The researchers compared blood types to almost 1,000 illnesses. The data found 49 diseases linked to various blood types, as well as one disorder linked to RhD.
“There is still very little information available about whether people with RhD-positive or RhD-negative blood groups may be at risk of certain diseases, or how many more diseases may be affected by blood type or group,” said Torsten Dahlén – one of the authors of the study, in a statement.
“To help fill this gap, we used an unbiased approach to investigate the link between ABO blood types and RhD groups and more than 1,000 diseases.”
The findings suggest that those with type A blood are more likely to develop clots like DVTs, whereas people with type O blood are more likely to experience bleeding problems in general. Women with type O and/or RhD antigen (positive blood type) were also more likely to experience elevated blood pressure during pregnancy.
The incidence of kidney stones was shown to be lower in people with type B blood. Individuals with type AB blood were not linked to any of the disorders linked to the other types, according to the study.
More research is needed to confirm the findings and determine whether there are alternative explanations for the links between distinct blood types and an elevated risk of specific illnesses.
The results of the study were published in eLife.
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