16th Jun 2015
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Alzheimer’s linked to blood type

A new study from the University of Sheffield has found that your blood type could play an important role in your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The research discovered a link between particular blood types and the risk of cognitive decline in relation to grey matter (the darker tissue of the brain and spinal cord).

Grey matter helps the brain process information, through sensory input and neural stimulation. The deterioration of grey brain matter is a normal part of ageing, and this process speeds up the older we become.The more rapid our brain matter loss, the more at risk we are of developing diseases such as Alzheimer's.

The study looked at the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans of 189 healthy volunteers with A, B, AB and O blood types, and found that those with the O blood type had more grey matter in their brains than those with the A, B and AB types. For this reason, the research suggests that those with blood type O have a reduced risk of suffering from failing mental acuity as they age.

A 2011 study published in the journal Neurology found that high blood pressure, diabetes, cigarette smoking and being overweight or obese in middle life are also associated with faster declines in brain volume.

While you can’t change your blood type, the good news is that taking control of your lifestyle is a great way to maintain your brain cells. Scientists have found that improving your diet to include all vital vitamins and minerals, practicing meditation, exercising and sleeping well can all increase grey matter levels, and help reduce the rate at which the brain cells deteriorate. 

Read more at Medical Daily.





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    Nadine
    17th Jun 2015
    11:11am
    interesting!
    Young Simmo
    17th Jun 2015
    12:26pm
    Don't take too much notice of this stuff, as I have the best solution to stave off Alzheimer’s. It works perfectly for me.
    HOW?
    I spend a big part of my day playing Spider Solitaire on Windows 8.
    STATS.
    2,210 Games
    2,209 won
    Win % 100
    Best time 3 Min 43 secs
    Longest game 1 Hr 26 Mins
    Come on people post some of your results in here, and no fibbies.
    Strummer
    18th Jun 2015
    8:41am
    Don't forget the PHYSICAL exercise
    fredlet02
    29th Jul 2015
    4:11pm
    yea great minds think alike aye also a solitare addict long an short once I start I generaly cant stop 4 a good cupple a hours sounds like Im,e addicted 2 it like u but it don't seem 2 do anything 4 the alzeimers thing
    Allenmack
    16th Oct 2015
    10:32am
    One of my games took 3 months 9 days!! But thersd nodthing wrongd wif that.
    TREBOR
    17th Jun 2015
    12:35pm
    I'm an A neg and I just can't get my mind around that.....
    CindyLou
    17th Jun 2015
    2:13pm
    Sorry to gloat but thank goodness I've got the 'good blood' - Yahoo
    I've had a few health issues and I dreaded reading this article, now I feel a little better.
    Theo1943
    17th Jun 2015
    2:37pm
    O- for me
    Allenmack
    16th Oct 2015
    10:33am
    I have A positive blood, at least that a positive.
    My wife has O group, I am soooo jealous.
    squirrel
    17th Jun 2015
    2:28pm
    Can't remember wot my blood type is......
    CindyLou
    17th Jun 2015
    11:17pm
    Ignorance is bliss I think
    Blossom
    24th Jul 2015
    11:05am
    I have never been told what my blood type is.
    JayUK
    17th Jun 2015
    3:13pm
    I play spider solitaire too and I thought 6mins 15 secs was good until I saw your result. I am impressed with Yourlifechoices....far more informative site than anything similar in Uk
    Young Simmo
    17th Jun 2015
    5:04pm
    Yes JayUK, for the last 6 months my best time was 3 min 51 secs and I had decided I was never going to beat it, then a couple of days ago, WHAMMO.
    So keep at it mate, and welcome to AUS if you have arrived recently.
    Simmo.
    tango18
    17th Jun 2015
    5:55pm
    I would find this more interesting/informative if they had published the blood types of thousands of people who already have Alzheimers/dementia.
    Irishwolfhound
    18th Jun 2015
    1:54am
    Yes that would have been a worthwhile exercise!
    Allenmack
    16th Oct 2015
    10:44am
    OK, I suggest we all start hanging around aged care facilities surrepiticiously taking blood samples (in the name of science), collectively it should work out well.
    Kt
    17th Jun 2015
    7:49pm
    Being A neg. should I give up any hope of keeping my brain from wandering into a fog?
    Scottie
    17th Jun 2015
    8:47pm
    My mother was A neg and was doing cryptic crosswords and playing scrabble in the weeks before her death at age 83. Had all her marbles and then some!
    Cranky
    17th Jun 2015
    11:04pm
    I will always B positive with regard to keeping my brain cells in good working order..I guess I won't remember if I don't.
    Irishwolfhound
    18th Jun 2015
    1:53am
    I do not think that 189 people in a test is a large enough number to make these claims! While Sheffield University does a lot of Alzheimers research, I just cannot believe that these statistics are enough proof!
    Blossom
    27th Jun 2015
    11:30am
    I have to agree with you. They should have researched several thousand over the period of about 10 years,
    Allenmack
    16th Oct 2015
    10:36am
    Yes and it has been statistically proven that 57.3517% of statistics are made up anyway.
    Alexia_x
    5th Jul 2015
    4:58pm
    What a lot of bunk!!!! Type O blood group is not different from any other blood type in what refers to brain size or any other organ size and also brain size is no indication that the bigger the brain the better chance not to get any disease.
    If they were talking about congenital or natural (DNA) predisposition to any mental or physical disease I would agree that this is possible, but by brain size? NO and by blood type? NO!!!!
    Scientist should use their expertise and means to investigate cures whatever the causes are of disease, it would be better for all humans.
    Abby
    15th Jul 2015
    9:40am
    Well said Alexia
    Pamiea
    6th Nov 2015
    12:38pm
    I WOULDNT COUNT ON THAT TO ESCAPE DEMENTIA. I HAVE WORKED WITH VERY VERY BRILLIANT PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD TO USE THEIR BRAINS A LOT AS A SUPREME COURT JUDGE AND THEY STILL ENDED UP WITH IT.
    naturgoddess
    4th Dec 2015
    6:57pm
    The study was done with 189 healthy volunteers and does not tell us their age etc. This is a very limited study in my opinion. It needs to involve a lot more people and take into account their genetic history as well as many other factors. I have O blood type and my mother does too. She is 82 and has had dementia for over 5 years. She was a vibrant, dynamic woman. It seems that I am also developing it eventhough I'm 57. These studies are not conclusive by any means.
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    24th Feb 2016
    1:33pm
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