10 Surprising Reasons You Should Know Your Blood Type (PHOTOS)

doctor's clipboard and vial of bloodWith gadgets like FitBit and programs like the iPhone's Health app becoming more and more prevalent, we'll all soon have instant access to our personal health record. But plenty of us are still in the dark when it comes to certain details. That said, knowledge is power, especially when it comes to knowing your blood type.

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"It's important to know your blood type to prevent the risk of receiving an incompatible blood type at a time of need, such as during a blood transfusion or surgery," notes Mike Quint, director, Geisinger Blood Center in Pittston, Pennsylvania. "If two different blood types are mixed, it can lead to a clumping of blood cells that can be fatal. Thankfully, prior to receiving a blood transfusion, your blood type is tested and cross-matched against the donor blood, which minimizes the risk of transfusion reaction."

But Quint and other experts agree this scenario isn't the only case for learning your blood type. We rounded up 10 other, surprising reasons you should know it. Check them out below, then tell us: When has knowing your blood type come in handy?

 

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