Sunday, November 23, 2008

Vitamin K2

I couldn't help but be inspired by Margaret's post "Purring against myeloma" to snuggle up with Marlee and ponder the health of my bones. I have had significant lytic lesion progression in the past year. One of which resulted in a broken humerus. All this despite Velcade, GRN163L, Zometa and Aredia. Vitamin K2 has recently attacted the attention of nutritionist with regard to bone and heart health, although clear randomized clinical trials have not yet been done. Vitamin K2 is not common in western diets and is therefore difficult to access its affect on bone health via population based studies. There is a correletion in Japanese studies between bone health and those that consume Vitamin K2 rich natto (a fermented soy product). "The reported outcomes of clinical trials, primarily from Japan, that have assessed the effect of MK-4 treatment on fracture risk and bone loss at the spine are
positive overall.
" With my "first do no harm" motto and the knowledge that vitamin k2 toxicity is almost nonexistent adding K2 (along with the already present and monitored vitamin D) is a no brainer.

1 comment:

Margaret said...

Marlee looks so much like my Priscilla! :-)

On the vit K issue, you may know this already, but Minnesota Don takes it, too. See:

I know very little about vitamins...but vit K sounds like a good place to start. Interesting.

Thanks for linking to the Tufts U study.

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