Can blood type determine heart disease risk?

 

Do you know your blood type?

Turns out that certain blood types may carry in an increased risk of heart disease. Researchers in Boston followed more than 60,000 women and 25,000 men over 25 years and found that individuals with type O blood had the lowest risk of heart disease and those with AB blood type had a 20% increased risk of developing heart disease.

Truth be told, this added risk is relatively small. And blood type is something you are born with, not something you can change.

Fortunately much more of the risk of heart disease come from factors that you actually do have the power to change such as:

  • Smoking
  • Physical inactivity
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes

Together these risk factors have much more impact on heart disease than blood type. Maybe knowing your blood type will give you the motivation to get busy getting healthy.

So what can you do now to reduce your risk of heart disease?

  • Be Aware – What are your numbers, such as your cholesterol or your blood pressure?
  • Acknowledge – Think about what you can do to take charge and improve your health. Are you still smoking? Do you need to eat better or get more exercise?
  • Act – If you smoke, quit. If you don’t exercise, get moving. If you eat poorly, start eating right. And if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, all risk factors for heart disease, don’t ignore them. Talk to your doctor and get these treated.

Although you can’t change your blood type, you do have the power to change your risk of developing heart disease.

Click here or on the photo above for my interview on Fox 25 news on blood type and heart disease risk.

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