Blood Types



Blood types affect many more decisions we make, including our diets and health.





Diet

Could eating a diet based on your blood type -- O, A, B, or AB -- help you trim down and get healthier? That's the idea behind the Blood Type Diet, created by naturopath Peter J. D'Adamo. Read more ...

Dr. Oz Eat Right for Your Type


Personality

Blood Type Reveals Personality

Living and Loving According to Your Blood Type

Blood Types and Your Love Life


Culture

Blood types in Japanese culture


Astrology

The Search for an Astrological Signature of Blood Types

Astrological Signs and Blood Types


Alien Theories

When aliens created the human race as part of a biogenetic experiment, RH negative people may have traces of alien blood. There may also be a connection with abductees having rare blood types and a negative RH factor. Nothing has been proven.




In the News ...


Your Blood Type May Put You at Risk for Heart Disease   Live Science - January 15, 2015

People whose blood type is A, B or AB have an increased risk of heart disease and shorter life spans than people who have type O blood, according to a new study. But that doesn't mean people with blood types other than O should be overly concerned, because heart disease risk and life span are influenced by multiple factors, including exercise and overall health, experts said. In the study, researchers followed about 50,000 middle-age and elderly people in northeastern Iran for an average of seven years. They found that people with non-O blood types were 9 percent more likely to die during the study for any health-related reason, and 15 percent more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, compared with people with blood type O.




Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk   Web Med - December 18, 2014
In what scientists say is a first, a new analysis suggests that some blood types place women at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. How much higher? According to a team of French researchers, women with blood type B positive appear to face a 35 percent greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes than women with blood type O negative.




The Most Precious Blood on Earth   The Atlanttic - October 27, 2014

For people with very rare types, obtaining lifesaving blood can involve a complex network of donors and doctors that stretches across the globe. Read the journey ...




About Blood Types


A blood type (also called a blood group) is a classification of blood based on the presence or absence of inherited antigenic substances on the surface of red blood cells (RBCs). These antigens may be proteins, carbohydrates, glycoproteins, or glycolipids, depending on the blood group system. Some of these antigens are also present on the surface of other types of cells of various tissues. Several of these red blood cell surface antigens can stem from one allele (or very closely linked genes) and collectively form a blood group system. Blood types are inherited and represent contributions from both parents.

A total of 33 human blood group systems are now recognized by the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT). The two most important ones are ABO and the RhD antigen; they determine someone's blood type (A, B, AB and O, with +, − or Null denoting RhD status). Read more ...





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