- What is a blood type?
- How is blood typed?
- Does my blood type impact my risk of diseases and other conditions?
- Blood type and cardiovascular disease (heart disease)
- Blood type and gut bacteria
- Blood type and diabetes
- Blood type and memory problems
- Blood type and malaria
- Blood type and cancer
- Blood type and other issues
- The verdict on your blood type and your health
Blood type and gut bacteria
Antigens, apart from living on the surface of red blood cells (RBCs), are also found in the digestive tract lining in most people. A number of bacteria living in the gut use these antigens as a food source. This determines which of the bacteria disappear and thrive. Research has been done with supportive evidence to show that the gut of those with the type B blood, contain as much as 50,000 times the number of friendly strands of bacteria than those with type O or type A blood.
Studies have also shown that changes in the content of microflora (community of bacteria and other microorganisms) of the digestive tract, may have a link to certain metabolic conditions which include obesity and even diabetes. Research has concluded that a person’s blood type can play a vital role in the presence of gut bacteria and characteristics of the digestive tract.