O Negative Blood Facts

O Negative Blood Facts
O negative blood is a blood group classification. O negative is the rarest of all types and this blood type has no antigens. Antigens include protein, carbohydrates, glycoproteins and glycolipids. This makes it possible for donated O negative blood to be used for transfusion for other blood types, but an individual who has O negative blood can only receive blood from other O negative donors. O negative blood is also considered to be the safest blood for use in transfusions of newborn babies because they have undeveloped immune systems. It is estimated that only 6.6% of people have O negative blood type.
Interesting O Negative Blood Facts:
O negative blood is more common in Caucasians, at 8% of the population. Only 4% of Africans and Hispanics have O negative blood type and only 1% of Asians have O negative.
Higher rates of O negative blood type are found in people from Spain, Iceland, New Zealand, and Australia.
There are several blood types including A+, A-, B+, B-, AB+, AB-, O+, and O-.
The blood type of a person is determined by chromosome 9. A child born to parents who are both O will also be O.
A child born to one parent with O and the other with A will be either O or A at birth. A child born to one parent with O and the other B will be either O or B at birth. A child born to both parents with A will be either O or A. If both parents are B the child will be either O or B.
Most babies do not have the same type of blood as their mother. This is not a problem unless the O negative mother is Rh- and the baby is Rh+. Medical intervention is required to help avoid complications that can become fatal for the baby if left untreated with antibodies.
If a person with O negative blood can only receive O negative blood. If they are given any other type will cause an immune response in the body.
While a person with O negative blood has no A or B antigen in their red blood cells, the plasma still contains A and B antibodies.
People with type O blood tend to have higher levels of stomach acid and therefore experience more ulcers.
People with O negative blood following the Eat Right for Your Blood Type Diet are believed to be healthiest on a diet of lean protein, and only limited wheat and grains, which will cause them to gain weight.
In an emergency when a blood transfusion is required, the use of O negative is the safe choice, especially when there is no time to test the patient for blood type.
An individual with O negative blood is considered to be a universal donor if they donate blood.
Some people believe that a person's blood type can predict a great deal about them, including their character, personality, and even how well they get along with others. Despite this never being proven correct, South Korean and Japanese cultures still believe in these myths.

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