OBJECTIVE: The phenotypic “ABO” blood groups are inherited antigenic substances which are found on the surface of red blood cells in addition to other tissues. Certain hypothesis advocates that genetic predisposition like “ABO” blood group would be associated with occurrence of diseases including type 2 diabetes. This study aimed to investigate the potential association between “ABO” and “Rhesus” blood groups with type 2 diabetes.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified 47 research documents in a data based search including ISI-Web of Science, EMBASE and PubMed. Literature was explored using the key terms including “ABO blood groups” “type 2 diabetes”. Studies in which “ABO” blood types and diabetes mellitus were discussed included without restrictions of research documents, types, status and language of the publications. Finally, 15 publications which matched our criteria were included, and remaining studies were excluded.
RESULTS: Blood group “B” was associated with high incidence of type 2 diabetes and blood group “O” has a minimum association with type 2 diabetes. Blood group “A” and “AB” were almost equally distributed in both diabetic and non-diabetic population. However, we were unable to find an association between “Rh+ve” and “Rh-ve” blood groups with type 2 diabetes.
CONCLUSIONS: Subjects with blood group “B” are at high risk while individuals with blood group “O” are at low peril of evolving type 2 diabetes. It is suggested that subjects with blood group “B” should be closely monitored by physicians as these subjects have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.Free PDF Download
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S.A. Meo, F.A. Rouq, F. Suraya, S.Z. Zaidi
Association of ABO and Rh blood groups with type 2 diabetes mellitus
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 20 - N. 2