A Blood Type That Has 82% Higher Risk of Dementia
Most people only think about their blood type when they are donating or receiving blood, but your blood type can actually affect your health. Blood is divided into four types based on the antigens that exist on the surface of red blood cells, and in addition to affecting the functions of blood cells, these antigens can greatly influence health. A recent study by Dr. Mary Cushman from the University of Vermont College found that people with a certain blood type actually have a much higher risk of dementia.
What Is Dementia?
Dementia is a general term that describes several different degenerative brain conditions that occur with old age. Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are the most common types of dementia, but in general, dementia can be any type of condition that causes mental ability to decline. At first, the early symptoms of dementia just seem harmless, and they typically consist of occasionally forgetting an appointment or having trouble following driving directions.
However, as it progresses, cognitive function begins to decline severely. People with dementia may end up completely forgetting friends or family members, and they may even become unable to talk if the word processing centers of the brain are affected. Without a properly functioning brain, people with dementia can experience complete personality changes or lose the ability to think critically and solve problems.
What Are the Differences Between Blood Types?
Blood types are categorized based on the antigens on the surface of the blood cells. For example, blood type A means that the body accepts only type A antigens, and it will attack type B antigens. Blood type O has neither A nor B antigens, and blood type AB has both type A and type B antigens. The human body is very complex, so these antigens end up affecting many other actions within the body, including blood clotting, cholesterol, and hormone levels.