Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Vitamin K
Kind of a wonder vitamin if true
A study from Spain indicates that Vitamin K may help in preventing type 2 diabetes in elderly patients.
The study involved 1, 069 men and women with an average age of 67 and none had type 2 diabetes at the start.
After five years and a half years, 131 of the participants had developed type 2 diabetes. The researchers determined that those who consumed the most vitamin K were the most likely to be preventing type 2 diabetes. The study participants were in a group that had a higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
The study was part of a program called Prevention with the Mediterranean Diet. That’s good for me because my diet leans Mediterranean-ish.
Again as with studies of this type, the results show an association, not a proof that Vitamin K can prevent type 2 diabetes. Researchers theorize that the risk reduction was due in large part to the metabolism of osteocalcin, a protein involved in bone mineralization and moving calcium from the blood into the bone.
There are two forms of vitamin K, K1 and K2.
K1 is a dietary form of the vitamin and is found in broccoli and leafy green vegetables such as spinach, greens and lettuce. K2 comes from fermented foods, whatever they are, and natto, whatever that is. It can also be synthesized in the gut from microflora. I guess microflora is bacteria.
There is another good benefit to consuming vitamin K. Removing calcium in the blood can also reduce the chance of getting heart disease.
I am going to guess that beer and wine are not part of the fermented foods containing vitamin K. Probably not cheese, either.
We do eat a lot of salads here, mostly now with what is labeled “spring mix,” which is a bunch of different lettucy stuff. I also like to cook different sorts of greens, collard and mustard, mostly, and usually cook them in our pressure cooker. It’s fast and easy and the greens always come out perfect. The pressure cooker seems to remove the usual bitterness. To change things around we sometimes substitute chicken or vegetable stock for the water. It adds more flavor.