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Vitamin K may slash diabetes risk: Study

Increased intakes of vitamin K1 may lower the risk of developing type-2 diabetes in elderly people with a high risk of cardiovascular disease, says a new study.

 

There is an irony in these results. Most people over the age of 60 with a risk of cardiovascular disease (and virtually all people over 75) are prescribed warfarin, a blood thinning medication.

 

Vitamin K contributes to clotting. In patients on warfarin, Vitamin K intake is discouraged to make it easier to regulate medication levels and maintain a proper blood flow.

 

Vitamin K is found in many vegetables with additional health properties such as broccoli and leafy greens. If an increase in this vitamin could help lower the risk of diabetes, some patients may have to make a decision whether they can properly regulate their levels on warfarin.

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New clot drug for heart patients

New clot drug for heart patients | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Hundreds of thousands of heart patients could benefit from new blood thinning drugs to cut their risk of stroke.

 

The existing (and popular) blood thinning medications coumadin and warfarin have a number of side effects and require frequent monitoring and often dietary adjustments to maintain proper levels.

 

Alternatives to these drugs, although bound to have their own side effects, could help many patients who require blood thinners to reduce stroke risk.

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