Thursday, November 12, 2009

Do you know your blood type?

A, O, AB, B, RH-... so many options!

"I think I am an A, but not sure."

"My Mom is an O so I must be."

"I am pretty sure I am the rare one."

Blood type is not something you want to apply guess work to. For medical purposes, there must be certainty and if you don't know or that information is not available when you have a medical emergency, extra (and potentially valuable time) must be taken in order to find out.

It's primarily important to know for:

* medical emergency care
* family health history
* treatment for some conditions
* prenatal care
* family planning

It is also beneficial to know for individualization in diet, (such as Eat Right for Your Blood Type) but not essential.

Eating According to Blood Type

There are many people who make the decision to eat in order to please their blood type. Certain blood types may be more prone to certain health conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. Eating certain foods can help you prevent these health problems from affecting you. People with certain blood types may also become more satisfied by eating certain foods. Although some blood types should remain vegetarian, there are others which should avoid eating carbohydrates, for the most part. You may be able to live longer and feel healthier when you make the decision to go on a diet that is designed solely for your blood type.

The Evolutionary Story

•Type O – The oldest and most basic blood type, the survivor at the top of the food chain, with a strong and ornery immune system willing to and capable of destroying anyone, friend, or foe.

•Type A – The first immigrants, forced by the necessity of migration to adapt to a more agrarian diet and lifestyle, had a more cooperative personality to get along in crowded communities.

•Type B – The assimilator, adapting to new climates and the mingling of populations who represented nature’s quest for a more balanced force between the tensions of the mind and the demands of the immune system.

•Type AB – The delicate offspring of a rare merger between the tolerant Type A and the formerly barbaric but more balanced Type B.

It's not always easy to find out, but here are some avenues to pursue to find out:

Home Blood Type Test Kits at an affordable price. However my experience has taught me that many people buy home kits for blood type, hormone profiles, but do not use them and may not use them properly. This may be a good option if you want to know for dietary purposes but not for medical purposes. It is subject to error.

Your Doctor - Many people think ask or call their doctor's office or ask their doctor but are often surprised to discover that information is not in their file. Some people have reported that the information has been withheld from them if the doctor or staff beleives that you are asking for dietary purposes only. If you were born at the same hospital / medical centre where your family doctor is operating, you may have it in your file. If you have a history of fad dieting, yo yoing with your weight or symptoms of disordered behavior (as it relates to diet / exercise) then your doctor is doing his or her job by not giving you that information without asking further questions. However, you ARE entitled to know about your body.

Baby Book or Hosptical Birth Card - My parents kept everything from greeting cards to hospital birth card and my blood type was listed in my baby book. Not everyone had parent's who were scrapbooking fenatics or hoarders. But worth looking into.

Blood Donor Card - If you have ever given blood it is listed in the bottom corner of your blood donor card from Canadian Blood Services. This is a great reason to give blood also - you benefit from the information and someone else benefits from the gift of life. Check your community listings or search the internet for clinics coming up in your area.

Blood Test Clinics - This is not common, but they are starting to pop up. Due to a more integrated approach to health care, health promotion and preventative or proactive strategies, community blood testing clinics are popping up. They will even advertise them by mentioning benefits for knowing your blood type such as health benefits and personal dietary interests. That's progress!

Dunnville War Memorial Hospital is holding a Blood Test Clinic on Friday November 13th.


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