Study finds that your blood type can predict odds of getting diabetes


By Jose Miguel Valenzuela

In a recent study, French researchers have found that a person’s blood type is linked to type 2 diabetes.

The team, headed by Dr. Guy Fagherazzi of the Center for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health at the GustaveRoussy Institute in France, concluded that a link between blood type and stroke has been established by previous studies.

According to researchers, those who have blood type AB are highly probable to have the disease.  This strong connection is what led to the original research.

Along with his co-researchers, Fagherazzi gathered data from 82,104 women who belonged to a group of approximately 100,000 female teachers.  He began his research in 1990.

The team then analyzed the questionnaire that the women answered, and found out that 3,553 of the subjects were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Their blood samples were gathered between 1995 and 1997.

At the end of the study, the team concluded that women with the blood type B+ have a highest tendency at 35%. Women with types B and A followed with 21% and 10%, respectively. The results as published in the journal Diabetelogia.

Here is some basic information about Type 2 Diabetes:

  • It is the most common form of Diabetes.
  • The illness is caused by high blood glucose produced by an ineffective use of insulin by the pancreas.
  • Usually, ethnicities with the highest cases of type 2 diabetes are Latinos, Native Americans, African Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

The researchers also determined a women’s vulnerability to the condition through the Rhesus factor, a method used to measure the Rhesus antigens in blood. The results of the experiment showed no difference between those who were labeled as Rhesus positive and those who were Rhesus negative in terms of risk.

The researchers concluded that the effects of blood groups should be investigated in future clinical and epidemiological studies on diabetes. Further pathophysiological research is also needed to determine why individuals with blood type O have a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

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