Vitamin K is often overlooked by Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes patients because it is not highlighted as an important vitamin or one they should closely monitor. This, however, is unfortunate. While studies have shown that only one in four Americans get their recommended vitamin K daily intake, those with Chronic Kidney Disease and Diabetes are even more likely to be deficient in the vitamin due to digestive disorders, rigorous medicinal therapies, restricted diets, and nutrients withdrawn from the body.
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Vitamin K deficiency could cause very serious and even life-threatening complications such as bleeding, Osteoporosis (bone disease), Varicose Veins (painful and swollen veins that bulge out, mainly in legs), Cancer, calcification of arteries, and Cardiovascular (Heart) Diseases.
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Moreover, increasing the intake of vitamin K may lower the risk of developing Type II Diabetes by as much as 51%, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This is important to know as many people with Chronic Kidney Disease are also highly susceptible to Diabetes. Moreover, an excess of 44% of those with Chronic Kidney Disease are also Diabetics which is in fact the leading cause of Kidney Failure. Those with Diabetes may be surprised to learn that vitamin K also reduces insulin resistance and thereby assists in improved outcomes.
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The likely question you now have is, "What does this mean for me and what can I do about it?" Vitamin K is typically found in green leafy vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and Spring onions. Ask your Dietitian in what amounts you should be eating vitamin K rich foods and how to monitor appropriate levels. If you are persistently deficient in the vitamin then consider discussing the option of supplements with your Healthcare Team. Also, if you are finding it difficult to incorporate vitamin K or other essential vitamins into your diet because of dietary restrictions or other health concerns, pick up a $5.00 copy Fight Kidney Disease and Diabetes. The 60+ page cooking guide is only on sale for the remainder of Kidney Month. Time is running out to get it on sale, so RUN and grab yourself a copy Today!
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