Cortisol and catecholamines response to venisection by humans with different blood groups.
Clin Biochem 1985 Feb;18(1):67-69 Locong AH, Roberge AG
Hormonal response following a minor physiological stress induced by bleeding in a blood donor clinic was investigated in 134 humans with different blood groups. After venisection, serum cortisol concentration (mean +/- SD) was found highest in blood group A donors (455 +/- 217 nmol/L), followed by group B (364 +/- 206), AB (325 +/- 154) and O (297 +/- 110). In 14 subjects of blood group A compared to an equal number of blood group B subjects, mean plasma adrenaline level was higher in group A (0.23 +/- 0.09 nmol/L) than in group B (0.15 +/- 0.12) but the difference was not statistically significant. Blood group A individuals responded to a stressful situation with higher levels of cortisol, and possibly of adrenaline. These observations tend to support findings of previous studies demonstrating a high risk of diseases related to stress (coronary heart diseases and gastrointestinal diseases), in men with A blood group.]
Effects of stress and blood type on cortisol and VLDL toxicity preventing activity.
Psychosom Med 1992 Sep;54(5):612-619 Neumann JK, Arbogast BW, Chi DS, Arbogast LY Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee 37684.
Past research has associated ABO blood type and mental stress with cardiovascular risk. We studied the effects of blood type (A vs. O) coupled with a mirror drawing stressor on very low density lipoprotein toxicity-preventing activity (TxPA) and plasma cortisol levels. Exposure to the stressor significantly decreased TxPA and increased cortisol for the total group of 25 older adult males. However, the stress response patterns of the 15 blood type A males were different from those of the 10 type O subjects. The blood type A group had higher initial levels of TxPA and cortisol as well as quicker stress recovery rates than the type O group. ABO blood type may be an important behavioral hematologic variable to assess in studies concerning biochemical stress response or cardiovascular risk.