Vitamin K deficiency affects the mineral calcium absorption which is required for maintaining strongbones. Thus there is increased risk of joint related complication such as arthritis, osteoporosis, hipfractures and bone fractures. Symptoms associated with vitamin k deficiency generally include nosebleeding, anemia, gum bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding and ovarian hemorrhaging.Vitamin k deficiency can affect the insulin levels in the body, as it contains high amount of vitamin k.Thus deficiency of vitamin k can lead to increased glucose level in the blood and may eventually lead todiabetes. Inadequate vitamin k levels in the body can increase the risk of atherosclerosis which can leadto heart attack or heart failure. Anticoagulant like warfarin and
can also increase the risk of vitamin k deficiency.
any birth defects such as neural tube defect, growth deficiencies, congenital heart disease andlearning disabilities have been linked with vitamin k deficiency. Bile deficiency, intestinal infections,impaired nutrition, alcoholism and drug abuse are some of the risk factors which are responsible forvitamin k deficiency. Due to vitamin K deficiency, body loses the ability to fight against free radicals thatrelease harmful toxins. In severe cases vitamin k deficiency can also lead to age related diseases such ascancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.
Vitamin K2 is a group of compound called as manaquiones which provides protection from impairedbone mineralization, osteoporosis and cardiovascular blockages. Vitamin K2 regulates the creation andflow of calcium throughout the bone structure of the body. It prevents hardening or calcification of thearteries and helps to avoid heart disease and heart failure. This vitamin is produced by the bacteriawhich manifest inside the intestine. Sauerkraut, fermented cheeses and dairy foods like grass fed butter,and organ meats are rich source of vitamin K2.
Vitamin K newborn
Vitamin k play a crucial role in preventing brain damage and
vitamin k deficiency bleeding (VKDB)
innew born babies. Due to vitamin k deficiency new born babies are at a higher risk of suffering frominternal bleeding.
Hemorrhagic Disease of the Newborn (HDN)
is a fatal bleeding disorder which occursin newborns due to severe vitamin k deficiency. Poorly breast fed babies are at higher risk of developingvitamin k deficiency because milk is supplemented with low levels of vitamin k. vitamin K doesn't passeasily from the mother's bloodstream to the newborn through the placenta.Vitamin K deficiency is one of the major causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Conditions whichare generally seen in vitamin k deficient babies are diarrhea, hepatitis, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, andalpha1-antitrypin deficiency. Vitamin K deficiency also increases the risk for childhood leukemia.