Blood Type Is Connected to Diabetes Risk

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We all know that genetics, unhealthy lifestyle and bad nutrition can play a role in one’s risk for developing type II diabetes. But one new study has revealed that blood type can also be an indicator for diabetes risk.

Researchers with France’s┬áCenter for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health found that of the 82,000 study participants, those with blood type A, B and AB have a 35% higher risk for type II diabetes. Those with the universal type O, however, had a much lower risk compared to others. In fact, those with B+ blood were at a 35% increased risk compared to those who were O-.

According to the study report on Science Daily, “the reasons behind the association are currently unknown, but could be related to a number of factors: it has been suggested that the human ABO locus might influence endothelial or inflammation markers. ABO grouping is also associated with various molecules known to be connected to T2D, and a recent paper concluded that ABO grouping is a factor which determines the overall gut microbe composition, which in turn affects metabolism and thus could be related to T2D.”

Read more on the study from Science Daily.

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