The Most Popular Blood Group in the UK: A Ranking Revealed

Choose the blood group you think is the most popular!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 05:51
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What Is the Most Popular Blood Group in the UK?

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    Blood Group O

    Karl Landsteiner
    The most popular blood group in the UK is blood group O, which is possessed by around 45% of the population. People with blood group O are universal donors, meaning their blood can be given to patients with any blood group.
    Blood group O is one of the four main blood types in the ABO blood group system. It is characterized by the absence of A or B antigens on the surface of red blood cells, and the presence of both anti-A and anti-B antibodies in the plasma. This makes blood group O the universal donor for red blood cell transfusions, as it can be given to individuals of any blood type.
    • Compatibility: Universal donor for red blood cell transfusions
    • Antigens: No A or B antigens
    • Antibodies: Both anti-A and anti-B antibodies
    • Transfusion Response: No adverse reactions when donating to other blood groups
    • Prevalence: Approximately 45-50% of the UK population
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    Blood Group A

    Karl Landsteiner
    Blood group A is the second most common blood group in the UK, with around 42% of the population possessing it. People with blood group A can donate blood to those with blood group A and AB.
    Blood Group A is one of the four main blood groups in the ABO blood typing system. It is characterized by the presence of A antigens on the surface of red blood cells. Individuals with Blood Group A have antibodies against the B antigen in their plasma.
    • Antigen: A
    • Antibodies: Anti-B
    • Compatible blood types: A, O
    • Incompatible blood types: B, AB
    • Prevalence in UK: 42% of the population
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    Blood Group B

    Karl Landsteiner
    Blood group B is possessed by around 10% of the UK population. People with blood group B can donate blood to those with blood group B and AB.
    Blood Group B is one of the four major blood groups in the ABO blood typing system. It is characterized by the presence of B antigens on red blood cells and the production of anti-A antibodies in the plasma.
    • Major Antigen: B antigens
    • Minor Antigen: no major antigens
    • Antibodies: Anti-A antibodies
    • Compatible Blood Groups: B and AB
    • Incompatible Blood Groups: A and O
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    Blood Group AB

    Karl Landsteiner
    Blood group AB is the rarest blood group in the UK, with only around 3% of the population possessing it. People with blood group AB are universal recipients, meaning they can receive blood from any blood group.
    Blood Group AB is one of the major blood groups observed in the population of the United Kingdom. It is characterized by the presence of both A and B antigens on the surface of red blood cells, along with the absence of the Rh factor antigen. Individuals with this blood type can receive blood from donors with AB, A, B, or O blood types and can donate to individuals with AB or AB+ blood types.
    • Antigens present: A and B
    • Rh factor: Absent
    • Universal recipient: Yes (can receive blood from AB, A, B, and O blood types)
    • Donation compatibility: Can donate to AB and AB+ blood types
    • Prevalence: Approximately 7% of the UK population
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    Blood Group Rhesus positive

    Karl Landsteiner
    Around 85% of the UK population is Rhesus positive, meaning they have the Rhesus factor protein on their red blood cells.
    The Blood Group Rhesus positive (Rh+) is one of the most common blood groups in the UK population. It is characterized by the presence of a specific antigen called the Rhesus factor on the surface of red blood cells. The Rhesus positive blood group can be received by individuals who are Rh+ or Rh-, but Rh+ individuals can only receive Rh+ blood.
    • Antibodies: No naturally occurring antibodies
    • Compatibility with other blood groups: Can receive Rh+ or Rh- blood
    • Compatibility with Rh+ blood groups: Can receive Rh+ blood
    • Compatibility with Rh- blood groups: Can receive Rh- blood
    • Prevalence in the UK population: Around 85% of the population is Rh+
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    Blood Group Rhesus negative

    Karl Landsteiner
    Around 15% of the UK population is Rhesus negative, meaning they do not have the Rhesus factor protein on their red blood cells.
    Blood Group Rhesus negative is a blood type that lacks the Rh antigen on the surface of red blood cells. Individuals with this blood type are referred to as Rh-negative, and they constitute a small percentage of the population.
    • Prevalence: Around 15% of the UK population is Rh-negative.
    • Inheritance: The Rh-negative blood type is inherited from parents who are also Rh-negative or carry the trait.
    • Compatibility: Rh-negative individuals can receive blood transfusions from both Rh-negative and Rh-positive donors.
    • Rh Factor: The Rh factor refers to the presence or absence of the Rh antigen. Rh-negative blood lacks this antigen.
    • Pregnancy Complications: Rh-negative mothers carrying an Rh-positive fetus may experience complications due to Rh incompatibility during pregnancy.
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    Blood Group A positive

    Karl Landsteiner
    A positive is the most common ABO blood group in the UK, with around 30% of the population possessing it.
    Blood Group A positive is one of the most popular blood groups in the UK. It is a blood type characterized by the presence of A antigens and the Rh factor in the red blood cells.
    • Antigens: A antigens and Rh factor
    • Blood type: A+
    • Popularity: One of the most popular blood groups in the UK
    • Compatibility: Can donate red blood cells to A+, AB+, A-, AB-; can receive from A+, A-, O+, O-
    • Donors: Can donate to A+, AB+
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    Blood Group O positive

    Karl Landsteiner
    O positive is the most common blood group worldwide, with around 37% of the population possessing it. In the UK, around 37% of the population also has O positive blood.
    Blood Group O positive is a blood type that is commonly found in the population of the United Kingdom. It is characterized by having O antigen on the red blood cells and the presence of Rh factor. Individuals with this blood type are considered universal donors, as they can donate blood to recipients with any Rh factor.
    • Antigens on Red Blood Cells: O antigen
    • Rh Factor: Positive
    • Donation Compatibility: Universal donor
    • Population Prevalence: Approximately 37% in the UK
    • Inheritance: Autosomal recessive
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    Blood Group B positive

    Karl Landsteiner
    B positive is the third most common blood group in the UK, with around 9% of the population possessing it.
    Blood Group B positive is a blood group classification that is commonly found among individuals in the United Kingdom. It is characterized by the presence of B antigens on the surface of red blood cells and the presence of Rh factor, making it B positive. This blood group is one of the four major blood types determined by the ABO system.
    • Antigens: B antigens on red blood cells
    • Rh factor: Rh positive
    • Compatibility with other blood groups: Compatible with B positive, B negative, AB positive and AB negative. Incompatible with A positive, A negative, O positive and O negative.
    • Prevalence: Approximately 10-15% of the population in the United Kingdom has the B positive blood group.
    • Genetic Inheritance: Blood Group B positive is inherited when an individual has at least one B allele from either parent.
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    Blood Group A negative

    Karl Landsteiner
    A negative is the rarest ABO blood group in the UK, with only around 7% of the population possessing it.
    Blood Group A negative is one of the eight main blood types in the ABO blood group system. It is characterized by the presence of A antigens on the surface of red blood cells and the absence of Rh factor. Individuals with A negative blood group can donate red blood cells to individuals with A or AB blood types, and can receive blood from individuals with A or O blood types.
    • Main Blood Type: ABO
    • Presence of A Antigens: Yes
    • Presence of B Antigens: No
    • Presence of Rh Factor: No
    • Compatible Donor Blood Types: A, AB

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Ranking factors for popular blood group

  1. Population demographics
    The age, ethnicity, and geographic distribution of the population can influence the blood group ranking. Different ethnic groups tend to have different predominant blood types, and geographic regions within the UK might have a higher concentration of specific blood types.
  2. Compatibility
    Some blood types are more compatible with others when it comes to donating and receiving blood. For example, O-negative is a universal donor, as it can be given to recipients of any blood type. This compatibility factor can impact the overall popularity of a blood group.
  3. Public awareness and knowledge
    The general awareness of different blood types and their significance in blood transfusion and organ transplantation can impact the popularity of certain blood groups. Better awareness may lead to higher numbers of donations for specific blood types.
  4. Research studies
    Ongoing research, studies, or trends related to blood types may also influence the popularity of a particular blood type. For instance, if research suggests a link between a specific blood type and the risk of certain diseases or health conditions, it may impact the popularity of that blood group in the UK.
  5. Historical trends and patterns
    Analyzing historical trends in blood types distribution in the UK can help identify changes in prevalence and shifts in the popularity of particular blood groups over time.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most popular blood group in the UK. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or blood group is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!

Statistics

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  • 145 votes
  • 10 ranked items

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A participant may cast an up or down vote for each blood group once every 24 hours. The rank of each blood group is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most popular blood group in the uk

Background Information: Blood Groups in the UK Blood groups are determined by the presence or absence of certain antigens on the surface of red blood cells. In the UK, the most common blood group is O, followed by A, B, and AB. The distribution of blood groups varies across different ethnic groups, with the highest frequency of type O found in Caucasians and the lowest in Asians. Knowing your blood group is important for blood transfusions and organ transplants, as well as for understanding your risk for certain diseases. It is estimated that around 45% of the UK population has blood group O, while approximately 42% have blood group A, 10% have blood group B, and 3% have blood group AB. Overall, blood groups play an important role in healthcare and medical research, and understanding their distribution is crucial for ensuring that patients receive safe and effective treatments.

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