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How your Blood Type can affect Diet and Health

Tried everything and still can’t seem to lose that stubborn fat? Bought every diet book on the market? Completed all the exercise classes? Well, here’s a factor you might not be considering when choosing the foods you eat: Your Blood type! Remembering if you are type O, A, B, or AB can be difficult, but when trying to lose weight, it could prove beneficial to tailor your diet specifically to your blood type. Here are some tips:

  • Type O: Steer towards high protein diets. Try incorporating lean meats, fish, and vegetables. Be wary of grains, beans, and dairy. Type O people also tend to have stomach problems so various supplements might also prove helpful.

  • Type A: Try to avoid meats and focus on fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. Type A people tend to have a more sensitive immune system as well, so keep to organic and fresh foods.

  • Type B: Abstain from eating wheat, corn, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds and incorporate low-fat dairy, vegetables, and eggs into your diet instead.

  • Type AB: Your focal point should be foods like tofu, seafood, dairy, and green vegetables. Type AB people should also try to avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoked or cured meats.

But that’s not the only thing your blood type affects. Certain blood types have greater risk for certain diseases. It’s important to be aware of both your bloody type and what diseases you have a higher risk of developing so that you can get ahead of your life instead of being dragged behind.

  • Blood clots

  • Low risk for type O

  • A, B, and AB have a 30% higher risk

  • Gastric Cancer (Stomach cancer)

  • Low risk for type O

  • High risk for type A

  • Pancreatic Cancer

  • Low risk for type O

  • 32% more likely to develop for type A

  • 51% more likely to develop for type AB

  • 72% more likely to develop for type B

  • Ulcers

  • Lower risk for type A and AB

  • Higher risk for type O

  • Heart Disease

  • Lower risk for type O by up to 23%

  • Types B and AB are at a higher risk

Although you cannot change your blood type, you can make lifestyle changes to decrease your risk of developing these life threatening diseases and others. Making changes to your diet, like the ones listed above, while also incorporating exercise will always help in the long run. Additionally, talking to your health care provider about the changes you want to make can be beneficial as they can provide helpful information to assist you in your journey.

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