Could vitamin K help prevent diabetes?

A study published in the journal Diabetes Care has found that individuals with a higher dietary intake of vitamin K are less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

Researchers from the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands, followed more than 38,000 Dutch adults for 10 years, keeping tabs on their diet, lifestyle habits and general health data.

Once the 10 year observations were complete the experts found that the participants with the highest vitamin K1 intake were 19 per cent less likely to have developed Type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest intake. In addition, those with the highest vitamin K2 intake were 20 per cent less likely to develop the disease compared to those with the lowest intake.

Vitamin K is thought to play an essential role in blood coagulation (the way the blood forms clots) with vitamin K1 being found mostly in green leafy vegetables, kiwi and avocado and vitamin K2 found in meat, eggs and dairy products.

The U.S. Government has recommended a daily intake of 12 micrograms for men and 90 micrograms for women which is very low in comparison to the study participants who at the highest intake were taking between 250 and 360 micrograms per day.

Though the result of the study are extremely positive, more trials are needed in order to determine whether vitamin K plays an active role in diabetes prevention or not.

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