- 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 malaria
Blood type can have a direct link with malaria –a disease transmitted by mosquitos that affects the blood.
It has been found that those with the blood type O seem to have some form of protection from the most dangerous strand of malaria known as Plasmodium falciparum, as opposed to its less dangerous counterpart, Plasmodium.
Amongst other issues, the parasite responsible for the condition causes the red blood cells in the capillaries to clump together, this results in serious damage to the tissues. In order to determine how blood type O has a form of protection against this parasite, a study was conducted by Swedish researchers who examined the protein that is secreted by the parasite responsible for malaria infections. The study found that the parasite seems to bind more effectively to the red blood cells of types AB compared to those of type O.