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2012-10-26

Vitamin K Reduces Diabetes Risk

A new study on vitamin K reveals that every 100 mcg increase daily consumption of vitamin K1, decreases the risk of developing diabetes by 17%. Comparing the extremes, the highest average intakes of vitamin K1 were associated with a total reduction in the risk of diabetes of 51%, compared with people with the lowest average levels.

While the potential mechanism of action is still unknown, the researchers noted that there is possible biological explanation related to vitamin K’s role in the carboxylation (activation) of osteocalcin (OC). OC is a protein involved in the mineralization of bone and controls the distribution/deposition of calcium in the body. Recent data suggests that OC may also be related to insulin metabolism.

Source: Dietary phylloquinone intake and risk of type 2 diabetes in elderly subjects at high risk of cardiovascular disease

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