The spread of Covid-19 here and throughout the country is driving more of us than ever before to ask questions about our health – including “What’s my blood type?” A new local survey reveals many of us have no idea – and that’s scary because our quality of life depends on it.
In a just-released survey of 500 adults (age 18 – 64), commissioned by local direct access lab testing company, Any Lab Test Now:
- More than a third surveyed (37%) have no clue about their blood type.
- More than half (58%) have never even thought about it.
Though the jury’s still out about the connection between blood type and your chances of catching and recovering from COVID, your blood type DOES increase your risk for other serious illnesses like heart disease and some gastrointestinal cancers. Though most in the survey didn’t realize this.
There are eight different blood types and yours is determined by one thing only – (genetics) – your parents.
- More than half surveyed (51%) have no clue how we get our blood type and others falsely believe blood type is partly determined by weight, height, or diet – when these factors play no role at all.
- Nearly one quarter (21%) believe blood type can change through the years when it remains constant throughout your life.
- Almost ¾ (74%) have no clue your blood type can help you gain or lose weight or even make you feel more tired.
BLOOD TYPE HEALTH RISKS:
- INCREASED CHANCE OF CANCER. A majority (65%) of those surveyed do not know your blood type raises your chances of developing stomach or pancreatic cancer. A study in the The Journal of the National Cancer Institute found people with type A blood were more likely to develop pancreatic cancer than those with type O blood. Researchers point to the “H. pylori” bacteria known to cause inflammation and ulcers in the stomach, common among people with type A blood.
- STRESS FACTOR. ¾ (75%) of respondents do not know your blood type can affect how you cope with stress. When people “stress out” it boosts the body’s level of cortisol. Evidence shows people with type A blood tend to start with a higher level of cortisol so they may have a harder time coping with stress.
- HEART PROBLEMS. More than half (61%) don’t realize your blood type can increase your risk of heart disease. Harvard School of Public Health researchers determined people with AB and B type blood are at higher risk for heart problems.
- Click on this (link) to see an infographic of the survey results.
WHAT IS MY BLOOD TYPE?
|8 BLOOD TYPES|
|A positive||One of the most common blood types in the United States.|
|A negative||A rare blood type, only seen in 6.4% of United States population|
|B positive||An important blood type used to treat people with sickle cell disease.|
|B negative||Only found in 1 in every 61 people and always in high demand.|
|AB positive||Anyone with this blood type can receive any type of blood donation.|
|AB negative||The rarest blood type – yet – anyone can receive AB- plasma via transfusion.|
|O positive||The most common blood type and the most needed for the blood supply.|
|O negative||Most often used in trauma cases when a patient’s blood type is unknown.|
Learn your blood type to better understand your risk for illness. The blood- type screening offered by Any Lab Test Now is a quick, simple test and you get results back within 72 hours. Walk right in. No appointment or fasting required.
The online survey was done by a third party and commissioned by Any Lab Test Now. Survey participants (248 men, 263 women) have no affiliation with Any Lab Test Now.