What Makes a Blood Type
Blood is a fascinating body fluid that travels miles of superhighways in our body’s delivering life-sustaining nutrients such as oxygen and other life-sustaining nutrients. Blood also helps transports metabolic waste products out of our bodies. Blood is mostly made up of two components: plasma and cells. The blood group depends on what each part of the blood contains.
The two main blood group systems used the most are ABO antigens and Rhesus antigens (including RhD antigen). These two antigens are used to classify blood types.
Blood Type and Your Health
Did you know the adult human body contains approximately 8 to 10 pints of blood but the composition of the blood is not the same in each one of us for various reasons? This is what makes a person’s blood type.
Blood type depends on genetic information passed on by their mother or father.
The best-known way of the grouping of blood types is the ABO system, although there are other groups.
Within the ABO group, four major categories are divided into eight common blood types: A, B, O, and AB.
The potential blood types are: O positive, O negative, A positive, A negative, B positive, B negative, AB positive and AB negative. The universal donor is O negative. The universal recipient is AB positive.
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