This Blood Type Is at Higher Risk for Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Heart Disease
Were you aware that your blood type not only determines to who and from whom we can receive blood, but can also point to certain personal health patterns? Studies have shown, for instance, that the AB blood type is at higher risk for cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart issues. Knowing your risk factors can help you to take a more proactive role in maintaining your health and preventing the onset of certain health challenges.
Studies Uncover AB Blood Type Risks
A study conducted in 2014 at the University of Vermont was able to uncover evidence that persons with type AB blood had a higher risk of cognitive impairment. Though the study’s main focus was on the risk of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, other tendencies in type AB blood were also spotted due to the tendency for type AB blood to a protein that assists in clotting that tends to contribute to a higher risk of heart issues; a study that was confirmed by a 2012 study at Harvard.
Tracking health risks via blood type is a decades old pursuit. A third study in 2009 at Harvard School of Medicine also uncovered a connection between the higher concentration of glycoproteins (sugars) that are attached to the AB blood type and a higher risk for the development of cancer, especially pancreatic and colorectal cancer.
Let’s take a closer look at each of the three risks and how they might be prevented.
One of the main causes of Alzheimer’s is the onset of cognitive impairment. The Vermont Study “found that people with AB blood were 82 percent more likely to develop the thinking and memory problems that can lead to dementia than people with other blood types.” (Nachbur, 2014) Specifically, the study found that ABs had a greater tendency that other blood types to have issues with learning or recalling lists of items, which is standard cognitive performance test.
The higher risk is related to a higher concentration of a clotting factor known as Factor VIII. Factor VIII is a contributor to numerous vascular issues, one of which is a higher probability of cognitive impairment, especially as a person ages. Those vascular issues are not just limited to memory issues, they also contribute to heart issues.
Heart Issues Risk
The vascular issues we listed above were confirmed in a 2012 study at Harvard. “Pooling data from two long-running research studies that tracked 89,500 adults over 20 years, the researchers found that people with blood type AB were 23% more likely to develop heart disease than others.” (Harvard University, 2012)