Silent Signs Your Body Lacks Vitamin K

5Heart issues

Having low levels of vitamin K can result in calcium getting deposited in soft tissues such as the arteries instead of the bones. In this case, your bones will not only be at risk of weakening but also vascular calcification puts you at the risk of developing coronary heart disease. There is a higher chance of vascular calcification in people with chronic kidney disease.

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6Symptoms of arthritis show-up

If you have a vitamin K deficiency and your vitamin K levels drop even lower it will cause your bones and cartilage to not receive all the minerals they require. This, in turn, will cause yet another higher risk of osteoarthritis, as per a review study in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, although the research in this area is still preliminary.

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7Having celiac disease or another GI disorder

It won’t be easy for people with malabsorption syndromes or gastrointestinal disorders to properly absorb vitamin K. Some such conditions are ulcerative colitis, short bowel syndrome, obstruction of the bowel duct, cystic fibrosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic pancreatitis. Having had bariatric surgery also increases the risk of vitamin K deficiency. If, necessary, consult your doctor regarding your vitamin K deficiency and whether you should take a vitamin K supplement.

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8You’re consuming antibiotics

If you are taking a dose of antibiotics such as cephalosporin, it could be destroying your gut bacteria which are responsible for the production of vitamin K in your body. So, if these antibiotics have been prescribed for you for more than a few weeks, then it would be good to consider taking a vitamin K supplement.

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