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August 3, 2016

Blood Group and Health

Many of you may have heard of the "blood group diet", a fad among celebrities, like Demi Moore, Cheryl Cole and Elizabeth Hurley. Blood group diet followers believe that different blood groups process foods differently and that eating food compatible with your blood type will make you healthier. On the other hand , eating foods that don't agree with your blood type might lead to health problems. While there seems to be little scientific evidence to support this, there certainly seems to be a correlation between blood group types and your health and overall well-being.

Your blood group could determine your risks of cancer, cardiac diseases, stomach ulcers, infertility, malaria, cholera etc. Not just that it may also help you find out which diseases you are protected from or your least probability of contracting certain diseases.

While age is still the most important risk factor when considering fertility problems, it has been found that the link between blood groups and reproductive health of women is real. For instance, a study has found that women of type A blood group seemed to be better protected against their egg counts falling over time while blood type O were up to twice as likely to have a lower egg count and poorer egg quality, which could affect the chances of conceiving.

People with type O blood are at less risk of dying from malaria than people with other blood groups and have the least risk of heart diseases. But they are more vulnerable to cholera and stomach ulcers caused by viruses and bacteria. I may have to add here that my father's blood group is type O and he frequently suffers from stomach upsets and recently had a severe stomach ulcer issue that cleared after proper medication.

Type AB's have the highest risk of heart diseases and age-related memory loss than other blood groups. Type O's are more affected by stress, while all non-O types have greater risk of stomach and pancreatic cancer.

It's a fact that our blood groups have an effect on our health and our immune response to diseases but it's not clear to what extent. So the best thing to do is to follow a healthy lifestyle. Eat right, exercise, meditate and worry less. And most important - do not obsess over something (like blood-groups), over which you have no control.


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