5 Fun Facts about Your Blood Type
Did you know that your blood type can affect your overall health and even possibly your personality? There are 4 known blood types that exists in the human population, with subgroups for each type. There are some interesting facts about your blood type. Keep reading to learn some interesting fun facts about blood types you never knew!
1. Mosquito attraction
People with Blood Type A get bitten by mosquitoes the least. Mosquitos thrive on nectar and blood, with males relying on nectar for nourishment, and female mosquitoes require protein (from our blood) to produce eggs. Some blood types are more desirable to these female mosquitoes than others - particularly people with Type O blood being twice as attractive to certain mosquitoes than people with Type A, and people with blood Type B and type AB are somewhere in the middle. Mosquitoes are able to distinguish people with different blood types due to the secretion most people produce which alerts what blood type they are. Of course, there are other factors that attract mosquitoes such as dark clothing and your metabolic rate (mosquitoes can tell by the amount of carbon dioxide you produce).
2. Risk of Alcoholism
Studies conducted in the 70s and 80s suggest weak links between people with blood type A and higher rates of alcohol abuse. Research has linked antigens (specific blood components) to the issue. Many people with type A blood have antigens that may alter the immune system’s reaction to alcohol, and genetic factors should also be considered to contribute to the disease compared to the antigens in the other blood types. Although about two thirds of the population has a bacteria called H. pylori that resides in the gut, people with blood type A or AB are more susceptible to it, causing a heightened immune system reaction that may trigger higher risks of stomach cancer.
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3. Reaction to stress
Stress is a normal reaction when you are overwhelmed with the demands of your life and feel unable to keep up with those demands. Did you know your blood type plays a critical role in the way your body responds to and recovers from stress? A study found that individuals with blood type A were more likely to respond in excess to minor stresses, having higher cortisol levels than other blood types. People with Type B blood had the most wide range between high and low responses to cortisol levels, categorizing them into the average stress level. Blood type A also has chronically higher cortisol levels in their blood naturally. People with type O blood lies on the other end of the spectrum, with the lowest amount of cortisol in their blood. Meditation and visualization seems to be most helpful for blood type B and AB individuals to cope with stress, while intense exercise seems to help blood type O. People with blood type A seem to excel best at yoga in terms of stress.
4. Personality Traits
Some people believe blood types can actually impact your personality traits, similar to how astrology signs can predict your personality. Typically, people with blood type A are more conservative, introverted, punctual, and are perfectionists. They are great planners, very organized, and take pride in their work, making them much more prone to having OCD (obsessive-compulsive-disorders). They tend to be hard headed and easily stressed, causing higher cortisol levels. People with blood type O are usually extroverts, adventurous, confident, reliable and spontaneous, yet more likely to experience depression, high anxiety and can be rude, insensitive, and arrogant. People with blood type B may actually have a lower chance of having ADD (attention-deficit disorder). Many people with type B blood are very focused, creative, hardworking, goal-oriented and are thoughtful and empathetic. However, they can also be negative, lone wolves, and can isolate themselves from others. Those with blood type AB tend to be a mixture of A and B personality types, with shy and outgoing moods, but are very friendly and personable. However, personalities with this blood type can also be complicated, self-centered, indecisive, critical, and vulnerable. Do you think the personality traits associated with your blood type fits you? This is still up for debate.
5. Your diet
Did you know that there are certain foods that will work better for your body, depending on your blood type? Foods you consume can react differently with certain blood types. Those with Type O blood tend to thrive on a lean, high-protein diet that includes meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, beans, dairy, focusing much less on grains. People with Type A blood tend to do well with a meat-free diet, primarily containing fresh and organic fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. If you have type O blood, consuming a diet based on vegetables, certain meats, and light dairy foods while avoiding corn, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and wheat will be ideal for your body. Depending on your blood type and other factors, you may need to place higher restrictions on certain foods that don’t work well for your body. People with type AB blood typically have low stomach acid and function best with foods including tofu, seafood, vegetables, and dairy and should avoid coffee, alcohol, and cured/smoked meats. However, the best way may some trial and error - test out the foods recommended for your blood type as well as foods to avoid to help figure out a balanced diet that works for you and your body.
These interesting facts about your blood type, along with many other facts not discussed today play a big part in figuring out the many complexities of understanding the human body. Some facts are scientifically proven, while some facts are up for debate. Nonetheless, it’s great information to learn about your body in the ways it reacts and functions with our different blood types.