Study Finds Genes That Could Influence Blood-Clotting Time

Researchers found a link between genetics and blood clotting timeIndividuals who are concerned about blood clots may want to consider taking nutritional supplements such as vitamin E and ginkgo biloba, which work as natural blood thinners.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, researchers have found that there may be certain genes that can give insight into how long it takes certain people’s blood to clot.

The scientists believe that these findings could provide insight as to who is more susceptible to developing blood-clotting disorders such as thrombosis and certain strokes. Three genes known as F12, HRG and KNG1 are responsible for the variation in the speed of clotting in various healthy people, the study finds.

Researchers of the study are excited by their findings, noting that no one else has ever come to the same conclusions before.

“This is an exciting genetic discovery, especially as so few genes account for such a large effect,” said researcher Lorna Houlihan, Ph.D. “We have explored the genetics of the medical information that has been given by our cohorts of older people.”ADNFCR-1960-ID-19682833-ADNFCR