Four reasons to know your blood type

You’ve probably been asked this question, “What’s your blood type?” At least once, and perhaps in response to that, you had no answer or tried to guess the way out.

Unfortunately, there are many people who have no idea about their blood type. Some people know it because they regularly donate blood or have received an organ donation. But knowing your blood type can be important for many reasons.

In this article, we’ll discuss some reasons why you should know your blood type according to Regan Olsson at bannerhealth.com.

1. For medical reasons

The main reason to know your blood type is in an emergency. If you are in a situation where you need a blood transfusion, you need compatible blood. An incompatible blood type can cause blood cells to clot, which can be fatal.

Also, knowing your blood type helps predict the concentrations of certain proteins in your bloodstream.

2. Helping others

One of the best and most selfless reasons to know your blood type is to help others through blood donations. Medical institutions always need blood donations, whether you are O or A.

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All kinds of blood are needed because all kinds of people need blood. According to the American Red Cross, a person needs a blood transfusion every 2 seconds.

3. Planning a Healthy Pregnancy

Knowing your blood type can help you predict certain conditions that can occur during pregnancy, such as Rh incompatibility between mother and baby.

Rh incompatibility occurs when a woman who is Rh negative becomes pregnant with a baby with Rh positive blood. With Rh incompatibility, the woman’s immune system reacts and creates Rh antibodies. These antibodies help propel an immune system attack against the baby, which is considered a foreign object by the mother’s body.

Rh-negative women can become pregnant from an Rh-positive father and this should be carefully handled and monitored during pregnancy.

4. Lowers Your Risk of Certain Health Problems

Usually, knowing your blood type helps you donate safely and help others, but it can also let you know if you’re at risk for certain health conditions in the future.

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Your blood type is just one factor that contributes to your risk of certain health conditions. Be sure to visit your doctor regularly for checkups and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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