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The Impact of Blood Type on Male Health Concerns

The Impact of Blood Type on Male Health Concerns

There are some things concerning your health and life that you can blame on your parents. Genetics determines your blood type, which in turn could have an impact on your health and susceptibility to diseases or illnesses. Each parent contributes to the DNA and development of a child, and the mix of the parent’s blood type genes determines which blood type you are. A mother with a type O and a father with a type B could lead to a child having either a type O or a type B blood. However, if both parents bear a type O, then the child could only have type O blood.

The Composition of Blood Types

There are four different blood types, and the antigen molecule is what separates one blood type from another. The antigens attach to the outside of red blood cells, much like sprinkles do on a frosted donut. Antigens behave very differently, and they do not all share the same shape. They also have different sugar components that impact how the blood behaves. These differences and the overall impact they have on the body have led many researchers to believe that your blood type impacts your risk of disease and serious health concerns.

Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease

In a study conducted by the researchers at the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, it was found that people who possess blood types A, B, or AB are nine percent more likely to have a heart attack than those who have blood type O. A study conducted in Turkey found that men with type O blood had a significantly reduced risk of developing erectile dysfunction compared to those who had type A, B, or AB. That particular study showed that men with type A and type B blood were four times more likely to suffer from ED than men who had type O. Unfortunately, the risk increased to five times as likely in men who had type AB blood. Studies have also determined that individuals with AB blood type also have a higher risk of developing heart disease and blood clots. When it comes to your blood type, heart health, and sex life, the interrelationships are hard to ignore.

To understand the connection between your heart health and your erections, you need to know how an erection works. The penis is made up of two chambers called the corpora cavernosa. These are as long as the penis itself and contain a maze of blood vessels that are shaped like a sponge (cavernous spaces). The urethra, or the tube that carries urine and sperm, runs beneath the corpora cavernosa. The urethra is surrounded by erectile tissue, and two main arteries and several nerves and veins are located through the length of the penis. When arousal occurs (through various forms of stimulation), the brain uses chemicals and hormones to send a signal to the blood vessels within the corpora cavernosa to relax and open wide. As the blood rushes in through cavernous arteries into these sponge-like areas, it fills the area and gets trapped through the high pressure. This is what creates the erection. The membrane surrounding the corpora cavernosa helps to keep the blood trapped within the vessels, creating a sustained erection. When the muscles in the penis start to contract, it stops the inflow of blood and open the outflow channels. This reverses the erection. Reversal usually occurs when the arousal or stimulation has passed or the man achieves satisfaction through intercourse and ejaculation.

The Connection to Penile Health

As you can see through the process of erection, blood flow is the most fundamental component when it comes to hardness and sustained sexual ability. When there isn’t enough blood flowing into the penis, your penis can’t inflate to its full potential or achieve maximum hardness. Researchers have found that men experiencing erectile dysfunction, though a number of factors could be involved, may be experiencing early warning signs of more serious heart health concerns. Studies have found that erection troubles could come as early as three years before discovery and diagnosis of heart disease. This is due in part to the structure of the arteries in the penis. They are much smaller than the arteries that surround your heart, so it easy more likely that these will show signs or effects of buildup and damage much sooner than the heart areas will. As far as blood type is concerned, men with type A and type B blood have greater levels of the adhesion molecules in their blood. This can lead to increased development of plaque buildup in the arteries. As plaque forms, it constricts the blood flow to both the penis and the heart. Reduce flow into the heart increased the risk of heart disease, and reduced flow into the penis results in erectile dysfunction.

Researchers have also looked at the way the antigens behave as a potential determining factor in increased risk for either ED or the potential to suffer a heart attack. The body contains a substance called von Willebrand factor, which is a key component for causing blood to clot. In people with type O blood, the levels of this substance are between 20-30% lower than other blood types, making the blood less sticky. Blood that is too sticky has long been thought to be linked with an increased risk of stroke, which has been shown to be higher in those with A, B, or AB blood types. Thicker blood may not flow through the arteries as swiftly and efficiently as thinner blood, leading to more trouble with erections.

Other Factors for ED

Cardiovascular health isn’t the only impact on a male’s sexual performance. Things like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or chronic illness may also have an impact on erection health. Emotional or mental health challenges can keep men from being aroused or easily stimulated, and oftentimes, the medication prescribed to address these conditions also weaken the male libido and erectile strength. There are prescriptions that can be used to help increase male libido, and these may also address weak or failed erections.

However, there are some factors that require more attention to healing or addressing the root cause of dysfunction. With men who are overweight or obese, following a strict dieting plan like the HCG protocol may be able to restore the energy and ability to engage in intercourse. Medications for depression or anxiety may need to be altered. Lifestyle habits of smoking, illicit drug use, or alcohol consumption may need to be abandoned if you are going to restore your sexual health. Increasing your activity levels and reducing stress in your life can also bring back your desire and ability to achieve satisfaction during sex.

The Limitations

You can’t change your blood type or the genetics that influence your health. Individuals with type A and B blood may be at an increased risk of blood vessel damage, heart disease, and erectile dysfunction, but you don’t need to let this keep you from enjoying life and experiencing great sex. These studies can be used to inform you about the need to pay close attention to sex life and penile health. Don’t avoid the doctor is something doesn’t seem right. You can’t fix ED on your own.


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Dr. Richard Smith, MD

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