There are four major blood types: A, B, AB and O. Knowing your blood type can help you understand the foods you should eat and the medicines you should take.
The ABO system is a classification of blood based on the presence or absence of certain antigens on the surface of red blood cells.
People with type A have A antigens on their red blood cells, people with type B have B antigens, people with type AB have both A and B antigens, and people with type O have neither A nor B antigens.
Knowing Your Blood Type
Knowing your blood type is important because it can determine your susceptibility to certain diseases and conditions. It is important to know what your blood type is, but it is also important to know the differences between the different types of blood.
Type A has a higher risk for developing stomach ulcers and kidney stones than other types. Type B has a higher risk for developing chronic diarrhoea or gallstones than other types. Type AB has a higher risk for developing severe allergic reactions than other types. Type O has a higher risk for developing heart disease or high cholesterol levels than other types.
A Home Blood Type Test Kit can help you identify your blood group easily and accurately.
AB Positive Blood Type
AB positive blood is found in only 2% of donors, making it one of the rarest types.
People with AB positive blood can safely receive red blood cells from any blood type. This is because their red blood cells contain the proteins that make them compatible with other types of blood. However, AB positive red blood cells can only be used to treat people with AB positive blood.
This post was originally published in July 2022.