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Blood Platelets Vitamin K
How can vitamin K be an anticoagulant and at the same time vitamin K helps blood to clot (a coagulant)?
If your normal platelet count is at the high end of normal, could eating many veggies rich in vitamin K cause platelets to raise to 450, 000 -500, 000?
Veggies raising plat: Very unlikely that your platelets are increased due to eating vegetables. Platelets are also acute phase reactants. Meaning they may be transient high due to a minor infection or inflammation. Repeat platelet count after 3-4 weeks. If high may need further workup for thrombocytosis. ...Read more
No: Low vitamin k can cause your body to have a difficult time making factors that are important for blood coagulation (factors 2, 7, 9, 10) and can lead to increased bleeding. Platelet numbers, however, should not be affected. ...Read more
Clotting factor: Vitamin K specifically helps you improve clotting as a direct cofactor in the coagulation pathway, but does not directly influence platelet production or decrease platelet destruction. Low levels of Vitamin B-12 have been noted as a symptom of low platelet counts, so B-12 supplementation has been recommended, as well as vitamin C and D to improve overall health and improve platelet synthesis ...Read more
She had vitamin K IV and blood transfusion 4 days after ingestion, then 3 weeks of vitamin K tablets. What are her next steps?
Who, what, when?: There are some important details missing from this question. Who are your referring to (more an age question than specific person)? What did they ingest? What is being treated (we may able to sort that out if we know the ingestion but details help us provide better answers). ...Read more
Has it been looked into if an abundance of vitamin K in the blood causes autism? I know the study was of a deficiency of the vitamin. Thank you.
How to say this...: I'm glad you asked the question here. In 2006, someone in the not-so-mainstream world of unproven " biomedical" cures for autism, like treating yeast, thought that giving vit k would be curative. Later, someone decided that vitamin k shots given to newborns since i-don't- know-when were a cause of autism, claiming they were dissolved in a base. Or an acid. Or both. See www. Quackwatch. Com. ...Read more
No known time: Vitamin k is important in the body for the formation of coagulation factors which will ultimately aid in the coagulation process. It's administration will help bleeding to stop if the person is deficient (and timing differs depending on the wound location, depth, etc) but this not always the case, as some bleedings are caused by other reasons. ...Read more
Confused. Does eating Broccoli & fish nuggets daily THIN blood? I thought Vitamin K thickened blood?
That's silly: Food choices have essentially no effect on coagulation parameters. A few vitamin-K-rich foods should be avoided if you are taking coumarin as an anticoagulant. Beyond this, ignore all "pop" advice about food choices -- they're entertainment at best, disinformation by people posing as your friends at worst. Your physician or a registered dietician are more reliable. ...Read more
I consistently have elevated platelets. Can I keep eating vegetables high in vitamin K such as spinach, kale, etc.?
At what point should IV vitamin K be administered if a pt has a high INR eg at 1.5, 2.1 or 2.2 does it depend on other pathology results platelet count is presently normal but was recently very low?
Vitamin k: Reverses the effects of Coumadin (warfarin) which thins the blood and increases the inr. It is usually administered if the inr is over 7 + or lower if there is active bleeding or you need emergency surgery. If the inr is elevated and you are not on Coumadin (warfarin) then you need a workup to determine the cause. ...Read more
Clotting factors: Vitamin k is used to create several factors in the clotting cascade (the system that ends in a blood clot). If vitamin k isn't there, then those factors are deficient, and blood won't clot as well. This is why newborns get a vit k shot, to avoid something called "hemorrhagic disease of the newborn.". ...Read more
NOT: This is a fallacy and spending money will hel the economy but not your veins! ...Read more
I am on low dose aspirin for MTHFR. Should I avoid prenatals with vitamin K since it works to clot the blood?
Vitamin K is ESSENTIAL for good health and your baby could have bleeding problems if you are deficient. While lack of Vit K increases bleeding, taking Vit K does NOT increase risk of clots. See http://bit. Ly/1nzsOh0 for more on K.
You should be taking the L-5-MTHF form of folate (folic acid).
For more on MTHFR issues see
& http://drfairchild. Blogspot. Com/2013/10/mthfr. Html ...Read more
Is vitamin K supplement a blood thinner or a blood thickener? Should I take vitamin k2 supplement while I am taking vitamin D 2000IU supplement?
Neither: Hi. Vitamin K is required for gamma-carboxylation of glutamic acid in the clotting factors. Too little vit. K makes you unable to make the clotting factors. This is basically how warfarin works. But clotting factors are tightly regulated, and taking a vit. K supplement if you're not deficient will have no effect on clotting. ...Read more
Mom had massive p embolism & blood clot in leg due to leg procedure dr put on Coumadin (warfarin) & told to eat normal is that right ie vitamin k?
Yes: I usually tell patients starting warfarin to continue their usual eating habits. When people try new diets, that is when the warfarin effect will change. How much vitamin K one eats is less important than keeping it consistent. So don't try a new salad diet for example, and don't try cutting out all vitamin K either. Just keep intake steady, which is easiest when following usual diet. ...Read more
Can foods rich in vitamin K cause blood clots without any thrombophilia? I don't currently take Coumadin (warfarin) but I may have narrowing in subclavian vein.
Nope: Vitamin k is not thrombophiic.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have blood clot in my left leg so I stopped eating food with vitamin K and now my red blood cell count iron folate (folic acid) b 12 dropped?
K doesn't cause clot:
While Vit K is needed for blood to clot, avoiding K doesn't reduce the risk of clots! The only reason to avoid is if you're on warfarin as K can interfere with it, but research shows being on some K actually stabilizes the effects of warfarin. The important thing is to have a consistent amount & then adjust warfarin dose. See http://bit. Ly/1hHlMAv
Foods rich in K are good sources of iron/folate. ...Read more