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Vitamin D And Blood Clots
Eat Your Spinach: In general, vitamin k is associated with blood clotting. Vitamin k is a "fat loving" vitamin that carboxylates proteins important in the clotting process. Without this action of vit k, clots are unable to form. Drugs such as warfarin prevent vit k from doing its job, therefore patients on this medication tend to bleed a lot. Both the diet and bacteria in our gut provide vit k for use. ...Read more
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Uncertain: I am unaware of any vitamins that are as potent as meds such as aspirin, Coumadin (warfarin) or plavix. However, there is data showing that supplements such as fish oil, vitamin e, and vitamin c have some blood thinning properties. Regardless, addressing the reason for blood clots in the legs is very important. Dealing with weight, immobility, and inflammation in the blood vessels is crucial for prevention. ...Read more
No: There are no vitamins or natural therapeutics that will prevent or cure blood clots. Dvt's or blood clots in the leg are a serious condition and could lead to death if improperly treated. The only medications that help are the blood thinners like Coumadin (warfarin) and Lovenox (enoxaparin) (low molecular weight heparin). ...Read more
Low or unrelated: Cyanocobalamin or vitamin B12 is important for normal erythrocyte formation (red blood cell). If b 12 is deficient, one gets pernicious anemia and the mean corpuscular volume (MCV) climbs > 100. Gastric bypass, gastric resection surgeries increase the risk of pernicious anemia. But as to increased risk for DVT or deep venous thrombosis ("blood clots") vitamin B12 palys little if any role. ...Read more
What disease might cause the body to quit producing vitamin b resulting in blood clots on the lungs?
Would taking vitamin k2 help prevent blood clots that may occur whilst taking raloxifene for osteoporosis?
2 periods in one month, doc said to take blood test for clotting, iron (often deficient) and vitamin d. Could these be the causes of this?
Possibly: Irregularity periods can have many causes primarily hormonal imbalances. Your doctor has ordered these tests to make sure the irregular periods are not causing more problems and are not directly causing the original issue. I would follow up with your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more
I am currently on the birth control Yaz. My question is would the chances of blood clots increase if I were to start a vitamin K2 supplement?
Not at all : It has no link with vit K2 ,so you can take both at same time ...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 ›
Had unprotected sex, took high doses of vitamin C supplements-about 3500ml/day for a week. I finally got my period and have really thick blood clots.
Only if....: Only if you are on warfarin, then you want to avoid foods rich in vitamin k. ...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
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
Reassurance : No it is not a problem taking these two medications together ...Read more
If too high: You can get high calcium if your vitamin d level is too high. 4000 iu is an acceptable dose if your level is current very low and need to be raised up. The only way you will know for sure if you are getting too much is to get retested after being on the replacement dose for a short time. The main thing is to follow up with the doc that started the replacement to remeasure levels. ...Read more
For a woman where should your Vitamin D levels be at? My blood work in my calcium was a 26 out of range.
Unclear info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, If your vitamin D level is 26ng/mL, it is near normal, it would be better if it is above 30. If it is 26 nmol/L it is low. In any case you should take 2000 IU of vitamin D3 daily, as long as your calcium is within normal limits. ...Read more
My vitamin D level is 33 on blood test can this be causing me to tired, cold & cranky? Is 33 to low in winter months
Normal: You vitamin D level is exactly where it should be. Your tiredness may be a symptom of seasonal affective disorder. Get exposure to sunlight and exercise. You may consider getting a lamp that simulates sunlight. ...Read more
I'm vitamin D deficient (blood test said 25) taking 50,000 IU per week of Vitamin D, is it safe to take prenatals with that?
Sure: You'll be doing a favor for both yourself and for Junior. ...Read more
I am of a low weight, and feeling very low in spirit and energy but all blood tests are normal except for a low vitamin D. I exercise regularly,?
I think you are wise: To consider there may be something more going on here beyond vitamin D deficiency. Yes, "feeling low in spirit" can result from vitamin D deficiency, but I am worried about depression. Underweight can also be a symptom. Consider this and seek evaluation even if you don't feel "sad." Many have depression without recognizing depressed mood. Treatment is effective. Don't be embarrassed; it's common. ...Read more
I am vitamin b12 deficient and today have been diagnosed vitamin d deficient with my blood levels at 8 for bit d. What could this mean health wise?
B12 malabsorption &:
B12 deficiency is due to lack of animal foods in diet (not found in vegan foods) or poor absorption which could be due to lack of hydrochloric acid, genetics etc. Everyone at your latitude who does not supplement with D in fall & winter becomes deficient. Both deficiencies can result in many symptoms but are both easily corrected. See http://tinyurl.com/q84kw87
and http://tinyurl.com/2chkcer ...Read more
For vitamin D level my blood test shows 15.9 ng/ml(range is 25-80). Is my reading low or very low? How much extra vitamin D should I take to compensate?
Vitamin D deficient: This result does put you into a category of vitamin D deficiency. I usually recommend 2000 IU daily of vitamin D3. Recheck in a few months, and if your level has corrected adequately then you can perhaps cut back (although there's less sunlight during the winter months, so you may want to keep the dose at 2000 IU until at least next summer). ...Read more
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