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Posted by: SBGGJRP, Thursday, January 2, 2014, 1:10pm
It seems that blood type and secretor status may have some influence on whether one is more "attractive" to mosquitos, fleas and other biting/sucking insects.

what is your experience with this?
I am a type O-, a secretor, and mosquitos will zero in on me for "the kill", while people standing near me who are other blood types are ignored by mosquitos. The same applies to fleas. After adopting a couple of flea-ridden cats, my house mates who were type A weren't bitten by fleas, but I was quite badly bitten.

So, do type O's and secretors attract insects more?
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, January 2, 2014, 3:03pm; Reply: 1
Quoted from SBGGJRP
It seems that blood type and secretor status may have some influence on whether one is more "attractive" to mosquitos, fleas and other biting/sucking insects.

what is your experience with this?
I am a type O-, a secretor, and mosquitos will zero in on me for "the kill", while people standing near me who are other blood types are ignored by mosquitos. The same applies to fleas. After adopting a couple of flea-ridden cats, my house mates who were type A weren't bitten by fleas, but I was quite badly bitten.

So, do type O's and secretors attract insects more?

First, it appears that your avatar setting is incorrect.  It shows Type O+, Non-Secretor while the text indicates O- Secretor...

My memory of previous discussions about insect bites is that once we follow the diet long enough to allow our body to manage insulin / blood sugar properly again, the insect attractiveness goes down significantly.  So it seems like it is more an indicator of a sugar management problem showing up far before a clinical diabetes diagnosis, rather than a specific blood type indicator.

Both wheat and corn interfere with insulin efficiency in type O.
Posted by: walk_the_walk, Thursday, January 2, 2014, 3:21pm; Reply: 2
SBGG - I'm confused as you refer to yourself as a O negative secretor, yet your avatar suggests you are an O positive non-secretor… ??)

I am an O positive non-secretor (Nonnie) - and insects always seem to zero in on me - As I get older, I find my histamine response has increased - this past summer I got a deer fly bite near my ring finger and my hand swelled up to double its usual size for 4 days - Does anyone know if Quercetin is good as an anti-histamine treatment (I thought I read it here a while ago, but can't quite remember)… :-/
Posted by: walk_the_walk, Thursday, January 2, 2014, 3:30pm; Reply: 3
ABJoe - our posts crossed, but that's very interesting about mozzie attractability being down to sugar management issues - I only started the GTD at the end of May 2013, so although I went cold turkey on sugars and wheat corn, potatoes etc from that time, I had probably not had a long enough wash out period by the summer to not be susceptible - will have to monitor how this season goes...
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, January 2, 2014, 4:00pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from walk_the_walk
ABJoe - our posts crossed, but that's very interesting about mozzie attractability being down to sugar management issues - I only started the GTD at the end of May 2013, so although I went cold turkey on sugars and wheat corn, potatoes etc from that time, I had probably not had a long enough wash out period by the summer to not be susceptible - will have to monitor how this season goes...

It does take some time for the lectins to be removed from the body, to heal any damage done and for the body to return to proper sugar management.  This all assumes that the individual is very good at keeping the problem foods out of the diet.
Posted by: SBGGJRP, Thursday, January 2, 2014, 5:19pm; Reply: 5
ABJoe, the avatar is old---and I haven't been able to figure out how to correct it.  Thanks for being such an astute and helpful observer.

And FYI, I was a slim, healthy active 10 year old in Missouri; between myself and my 4 cousins there---I was the one with 60+ mosquito bites I one day, not any of them. It has nothing to do with blood sugar.
Go onto 23andme, there's a similar thread there.  A variety of blood types have provided their experiences in that forum. No one mentioned low or fluctuating blood sugar.

Sometimes things are genetic and no amount of dietary changes can alter your genes. Diet is not the be all and end all.
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, January 2, 2014, 6:00pm; Reply: 6
listen to Dr D explain

#14
http://www.4yourtype.com/MEDIA_audio.asp#
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, January 2, 2014, 6:43pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from SBGGJRP
ABJoe, the avatar is old---and I haven't been able to figure out how to correct it.  Thanks for being such an astute and helpful observer.

Go to Member Center(3rd link in light blue bar just under your member name above), the last item under Edit Profile(in the left column) is Avatar Setting, click that and choose the correct one.
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Sometimes things are genetic and no amount of dietary changes can alter your genes. Diet is not the be all and end all.

Diet can change how genes express themselves.  Check out The Genotype Diet for more information about this.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, January 2, 2014, 7:38pm; Reply: 8
I used to get bitten up like crazy when I was little. But in the past few years, I don't get very many at all. I still get SOME if I'm out at dusk and forget to use bug spray,  but I don't get "all bitten up" like I used to.

I'm not sure if it's from cleaning up my diet or adding B vitamins, or a combination of the two. The problem cleared up many years before BTD, when I cut back on carbs.
Posted by: Possum, Saturday, January 11, 2014, 9:47pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from walk_the_walk
insects always seem to zero in on me - As I get older, I find my histamine response has increased - this past summer I got a deer fly bite near my ring finger and my hand swelled up to double its usual size for 4 days - Does anyone know if Quercetin is good as an anti-histamine treatment (I thought I read it here a while ago, but can't quite remember)… :-/
I have had similar reactions to sandfly bites over here in NZ and B vitamins helped me, but Quercitin does help generally with inflammation!!

Posted by: walk_the_walk, Sunday, January 12, 2014, 1:42pm; Reply: 10
Thanks for that Possum, interesting about the B vitamins too
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