Top Five Signs of Deficiency of Vitamin K

Friday, 10 Sep 2010 01:44 PM

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Vitamin K is essential for healthy and dense bones. A deficiency shows up as bone-related problems like the loss of bone (osteopenia), decrease in bone mineral density (osteoporosis), and bone fractures. The Following are some of the symtpoms of vitamin K deficiency:
1.Among the most common signs and symptoms of vitamin K deficiency are heavy menstrual bleeding, gum bleeding, nose bleeding, and easy bruising. Symptoms and signs of vitamin K deficiency also include bleeding within the digestive tract and blood in the urine.
2. Deficiency of vitamin K can affect a new-born baby or fetus as well. Vitamin K deficiency may result in internal bleeding (in the skull), malformed fingers, and under-developed facial features like ears, nose, and chin. Vitamin K aids in the overall development of the fetus. This explains why a pregnant woman is usually given vitamin K in the form of food supplements.
3. Defective blood coagulation and hemorrhages are also among the signs and symptoms of vitamin K deficiency. Deficiency of vitamin K leads to a reduction in the prothrobin content of blood. If you are deficient in vitamin K, you will suffer from blood clotting. Deficiency of vitamin K can also lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
4.Other prominent signs and symptoms of vitamin K deficiency are prolonged clotting times, hemorrhaging, and anemia. Symptoms of vitamin K deficiency can be observed in bone-related problems. These symptoms can include loss of bone (osteopenia), a decrease in bone mineral density (osteoporosis), and fractures that includes common age-related fractures like that of the hips.
5.Vitamin K deficiency-related symptoms lead to excessive deposition of calcium in soft tissues. Hardening of the arteries or calcium-related problems are also common signs of vitamin K deficiency.Biliary obstruction, malabsorption, cystic fibrosis, and resection of the small intestine are additionall signs of vitamin K deficiency.
Deficiency of Vitamin K can be prevented by maintaing an appropriate diet. A vitamin K-rich diet typically contains green leafy vegetables, eggs, and soybean. Those affected by vitamin K deficiency are prescribed oral medicines for a certain period of time. The prescription depends upon the individual and the severity of the condition.

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