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Doctor insights on: Vitamin K Deficiency

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What causes vitamin K deficiency?

What causes vitamin K deficiency?

Diet or Antibiotics: The vast majority of our vitamin k is actually produced by symbiotic bacteria in our intestines. So, if one has recently had a bout of heavy antibiotic use (which kills off both "good and "bad" bacteria in the body), then vitamin k deficiency can result. Poor diet can also lead to this deficiency. A deficiency in vit. K most often results in easy bleeding/hemorrhage susceptibility. ...Read more

Dr. Sandeep Khosla
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Vitamin K (Definition)

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in blood clotting. The body can store fat-soluble ...Read more


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What's the major symptom of vitamin K deficiency.?

What's the major symptom of vitamin K deficiency.?

Bleeding too easily: This is a complex vitamin and has several duties. E.G. It works with vitamin d to help pump calcium into bones rather than into arteries. ...Read more

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Is a person with vitamin K deficiency at risk for having a heart attack?

Is a person with vitamin K deficiency at risk for having a heart attack?

Possibly: The more we learn about vitamins, the more we become aware that they all work together as an incredible team. Vitamin k is manufactured in the intestine by bacteria that are a normal part of a healthy bowel. So why does this person have this deficiency? ...Read more

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Is a person with vitamin K deficiency at a lower risk for having a heart attack because he clots poorly?

Is a person with vitamin K deficiency at a lower risk for having a heart attack because he clots poorly?

Almost. . .: I can see the logic in that question, since we often prescribe mild blood-thinners (e.g., aspirin) to prevent coronary clots. However, someone with a pronounced enough vit. K deficiency to prevent coagulation may begin spontaneously hemorrhaging elsewhere (particularly in the GI tract or the brain); and if the hemodynamic state in the body is disrupted, the heart may still become ischemic. ...Read more

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What causes vitamin K deficiency?

Diet or Antibiotics: The vast majority of our vitamin k is actually produced by symbiotic bacteria in our intestines. So, if one has recently had a bout of heavy antibiotic use (which kills off both "good and "bad" bacteria in the body), then vitamin k deficiency can result. Poor diet can also lead to this deficiency. A deficiency in vit. K most often results in easy bleeding/hemorrhage susceptibility. ...Read more

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What causes vitamin K deficiency in people?

What causes vitamin K deficiency in people?

Diet or Antibiotics: The vast majority of our vitamin k is actually produced by symbiotic bacteria in our intestines. So, if one has recently had a bout of heavy antibiotic use (which kills off both "good and "bad" bacteria in the body), then vitamin k deficiency can result. Poor diet can also lead to this deficiency. A deficiency in vit. K most often results in easy bleeding/hemorrhage susceptibility. ...Read more

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What's the major symptom of vitamin K deficiency.?

Bleeding too easily: This is a complex vitamin and has several duties. E.G. It works with vitamin d to help pump calcium into bones rather than into arteries. ...Read more

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What causes vitamin K deficiency in a baby?

What causes vitamin K deficiency in a baby?

Diet/ gut germs: Vitamins are something we need we can't make ourselves & for vitamin k there is a special step. Intestinal bacteria help convert ingested k precursors to the active form we need. Since newborns have no gut germs at the start, it takes a while to start the process. That is why babies get a v k shot at birth to bridge the ~ 8 days it takes for the process to kick in. ...Read more

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Why is blood clotting abnormal with vitamin K deficiency?

Why is blood clotting abnormal with vitamin K deficiency?

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

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Does vitamin K deficiency cause nose bleed?

Does vitamin K deficiency cause nose bleed?

It can: Nose bleeds are usually from capillary breaks in the septum (between nostrils). Oddly enough, perhaps the commonest cause is too many "empty calories" in the form of "junk". I know it sounds odd but even capillaries require normal energy metabolism. ...Read more

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Is a person with vitamin K deficiency at risk for having a heart attack?

Possibly: The more we learn about vitamins, the more we become aware that they all work together as an incredible team. Vitamin k is manufactured in the intestine by bacteria that are a normal part of a healthy bowel. So why does this person have this deficiency? ...Read more

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Is a person with vitamin K deficiency at a lower risk for having a heart attack because he clots poorly?

Almost. . .: I can see the logic in that question, since we often prescribe mild blood-thinners (e.g., aspirin) to prevent coronary clots. However, someone with a pronounced enough vit. K deficiency to prevent coagulation may begin spontaneously hemorrhaging elsewhere (particularly in the GI tract or the brain); and if the hemodynamic state in the body is disrupted, the heart may still become ischemic. ...Read more

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Why does vitamin K deficiency cause nose bleeds?

Why does vitamin K deficiency cause nose bleeds?

Because: It has a vital part to play in coagulation of blood as in bleeding. ...Read more

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What are the signs or symptoms of vitamin a, d, e, or k deficiency?

What are the signs or symptoms of vitamin a, d, e, or k deficiency?

DEAK vitamins: I agree with dr. Garvey, much too broad. These are the fat soluble vitamins so that issues with the absorption of fat may also involve these vitamins too. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats vitamin A, D, E, & K deficiencies?

What type of doctor treats vitamin A, D, E, & K deficiencies?

Most physicians: Can treat this. You don't necessarily need to see a specialist. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Can a deficiency in vitamin K lead to parasites or candidiasis, or is it vice versa?

Can a deficiency in vitamin K lead to parasites or candidiasis, or is it vice versa?

Vitamin K: Vitamin k deficiency does not lead to parasites or candida. Candida does not lead to vitamin k deficiency. Although parasites have been associated with vitamin deficiencies (for example, the tape worm and vitamin b12), I could find no association with parasites and vitamin k. ...Read more

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Can taking alot of antibiotics permanently alter body's ability to make vitamin k and biotin in the gut, thus causing deficiency? Or can body recover?

Can taking alot of antibiotics permanently alter body's ability to make vitamin k and biotin in the gut, thus causing deficiency? Or can body recover?

Can recover: Body can recover from the alteration in intestinal flora caused by antibiotic treatment. In any case these two vitamins are easy to replace in case of temporary deficiency.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What can cause disneiness and temporary blindness happens in the morning vitamin K deficency?

Get check up!: You need to go over what's happening with your doctor. It sounds like you may be having low blood pressure if this happens when you get out of bed. But I'm not sure based on the info in your question. Anytime you have ongoing dizziness, and episodes of blindness (!), you must be seen! ...Read more

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Is there any need to take extra vitamin k?

Is there any need to take extra vitamin k?

Yes: Most peope are deficient in most nutrients including k. There is a lot of evidence that suggests that adequate k may help prevent arterial calcification and atherosclerosis. It is also essential in bone health to prevent osteoporosis. May be cancer protective. ...Read more

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Can you please list foods high in vitamin k?

Natto: Green leafy veggies and something called natto which is a fermented product that I hear is popular in japan. ...Read more

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Why should I get a vitamin K shot for my baby?

Why should I get a vitamin K shot for my baby?

Yes: A vitamin k shot at birth is the only truly proven way to prevent hemorrhagic disease - a severe bleeding disorder - in the newborn period. While some european countries use oral vitamin k, studies have not conclusively shown this therapy is equivalent. Long-term safety appears to be excellent. ...Read more

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Does jujube has vitamin k?

Does jujube has vitamin k?

Jujube: No, green vegetables are a source of vitamin k. Jujube does, however, have alot of vitamin c, and when dried b vitamins (riboflavin and thiamine). ...Read more

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What does vitamin K prevent?

Bleeding: Vitamin k is a cofactor in humans' ability to clot. When we don't have enough we have the potential to have severe bleeding. That is why brand new babies receive a dose of vitamin k.
Humans get most of their vitamin k from bacteria in their intestines although it also comes from some foods. ...Read more

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Is horseradish high in vitamin k. There are contradictions on the internet?

Depends on part!: The reason for the contradiction is that the root (the part that is usually eaten) is not high in Vit K (only 2 mcg per 100 grams which is over 3 ounces) whereas the leaves contain 123 mcg per 100 grams- but I don't know anyone who eats horseradish leaves.
I advise those on Warfarin to take low doses of Vit K- see http://www. Lef. Org/magazine/2007/6/report_vitamink/Page-01 ...Read more

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Is vitamin K bad for the thyroid?

Is vitamin K bad for the thyroid?

No vit k is not bad: There is no evidence that vit k damages you thyroid if u take vit supplements and hormones you ns, hold not take them at the same time. ...Read more

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Does prune juice contain vitamin k?

Vitamin K: Although dark, leafy greens provide more than 31 times as much vitamin k as prunes or dried plums, their sweet flavor makes prunes a more palatable alternative. ...Read more

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What different kinds of bacteria does vitamin K produce in the intestines?

What different kinds of bacteria does vitamin K produce in the intestines?

None: Bacteria are produced by bacteria. Perhaps you are thinking of the beneficial effect that bacteria have on Vitamin K. These gut bacteria help activate vitamin K from an inactive dietary form so your body can use it. ...Read more

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Is vitamin K better for your bones than calcium? If so, which foods contain it?

Is vitamin K better for your bones than calcium? If so, which foods contain it?

Common sense: Despite "pop" claims, the last big study of vitamin k to prevent osteoporosis / osteomalacia was (as i'd expected) a miserable failure. Calcium supplements, though government-recommended, are less helpful nowadays than just being sure you have enough vitamin d. You'd do well to eat sensibly, stay physically fit, and recognize that internet stuff on "nutritional supplements" is mostly subscience. ...Read more

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Being tested for polycythemia vera. Should I stay away from foods rich in vitamin K i?

Being tested for polycythemia vera. Should I stay away from foods rich in vitamin K i?

Eat anything: Eating foods rich in vitamin k should not affect the production of red cells seen polycytemia vera. Vitamin k has more to do the coagulation process. ...Read more

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I'm on warfarin. Is loose leaf Kombucha safe? Does loose tea have more vitamin k than tea bags

Always check with: Your doctor first on how anything you take affects your INR and platelet time. The more Vitamin K activity, the more it will affect this. A teabag is similar to a teaspoon of loose tea leaves. So volume of leaves will determine strength of tea, and how long you seep it, and how concentrated it is. How much you imbibe (total volume.) Google it to find out kombucha specifics & discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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How can vitamin K be an anticoagulant and at the same time vitamin K helps blood to clot (a coagulant)?

How can vitamin K be an anticoagulant and at the same time vitamin K helps blood to clot (a coagulant)?

Clotting vitamin: Vitamin K is used routinely in the newborn as they lack Vitamin K and can be used for Warfarin overdose. Generally Calcium is given with Vitamin D. Ask your doctor. There may be a reason he/she thinks you need Vitamin K. All the best. ...Read more

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Best natural way to lighten hyperpigmentation without harsh chemicals. I heard Vitamin E is good also heard Vitamin K? Which one?

Best natural way to lighten hyperpigmentation without harsh chemicals. I heard Vitamin E is good also heard Vitamin K? Which one?

Bleaching agents: There's some over-the-counter and prescription bleaching agents also can try hydrogen Peroxide ...Read more

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Why would a dr not do an thoracentesis when the patient could have had the INR increased via vitamin K and then the procedure could be performed.

Why would a dr not do an thoracentesis when the patient could have had the INR increased via vitamin K and then the procedure could be performed.

Depends: You probably mean decrease INR with vitamin k. So without knowing details at all, I would say that it probably depends upon how urgent it is. Maybe they want the INR to drift down on it's own and then try. You can certainly discuss this more ...Read more

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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?

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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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