People with “O” Blood Types Less Likely to Develop Diabetes, Study Shows

There are a lot of factors that go into determining whether an individual is likely to develop diabetes. Many of these factors are within our control, but some of them we can’t do anything about. One of those factors is a person’s blood type.

a 2014 study published in the journal Diabetalogia demonstrated that people with non-O blood types were at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes as compared with people who had O blood types.

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The researchers observed 80,000 women to identify the relationship between their blood types and their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Among those participants, 3,553 were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The study showed that women with type A blood were 10 percent more likely to develop diabetes compared to those with type O. Women with type B blood were 21 percent more likely than O types to develop diabetes.

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The study also compared the more specific blood types and learned that B-positive blood types had the highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The exact reason for this association between blood type and diabetes risk is unclear, but researchers do have a few theories. A protein in the blood called a non-Willebrand factor, for example, is known to be higher in people with non-O blood types, and this protein has been associated with elevated blood sugar levels.

Of course, people with any blood type are able to develop type 2 diabetes, so it’s important to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to avoid the disease if possible.

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