Volume 2, Issue 6
February 5, 2009
An easy way to prevent
Type-2 diabetes is 100% preventable using purely natural methods. Nobody has to get it, no matter what your genetics are. And now scientists have discovered yet another natural way to prevent the disease.
The researchers studied a group of 355 non-diabetic men and women. All of the participants were between the ages of 60-80. The researchers wanted to know the effects of a very small dose of vitamin K on diabetes.
The study used the form of vitamin K known as phylloquinone (vitamin K1). This is the form that is commonly found in your food. The researchers gave each subject 500 mcg (1/2 of a milligram) per day. This is a very conservative dose. It equals the amount of vitamin K that most people would be able to get from their diet alone. But even though the dose was low, they noticed a very significant effect.
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The researchers, based at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University in Boston, studied the participants for a full three years. I like that. Most studies look only at the effects of nutrient therapy for a time period that is too short for them to work, and then conclude that they aren't effective.
The researchers divided the participants into two different groups. They tested each of them for insulin resistance (insulin resistance is what causes type-2 diabetes) using the state-of-the-art testing process known as HOMA-IR (the homeostasis model to assess insulin resistance). One group took the vitamin K. The other took a placebo. Then at the end of the three years, they tested both groups again.
The results were interesting.
The men taking the vitamin K showed a significant reduction in their levels of insulin resistance compared to those who took only the placebo. But the women showed no difference at all. Why? Probably because many of the women had an excess of body fat compared with the men. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin. So the women's excess fat may have diluted the vitamin out of circulation. As a result, it wasn't available to the rest of the cells of the body. The evidence for this was that the more body fat a woman had, the lower her blood levels of the vitamin.
This study showed that diet matters. Remember, you can get the same dose of vitamin K that effectively improved insulin resistance from your diet alone. Good sources of vitamin K1 are leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, Swiss chard, and the brassica family (e.g. cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts). Avocado and kiwi are also high in vitamin K1. And two tablespoons of parsley contains 120 micrograms (one-third of the study's dose). But fruit and vegetables aren't the only source of vitamin K. You can get a lot of vitamin K2 from meat, eggs, dairy, and natto. Natto is a particular form of fermented soy. And your body needs both K1 and K2.
If you're carrying around extra body fat, you'll likely need to take higher doses in supplement form to make sure you're getting enough. In fact, you have to take higher doses to see many of the other benefits of vitamin K. These include the rejuvenation and decalcification of arteries, protecting the bones from osteoporosis, treating certain cancers (such as lymphoma and hepatoma), and treating and preventing varicose veins. In these cases, I use between 5-15 mg of vitamin K (for supplements, I typically use vitamin K2). You can find it online and in most health food stores.
To learn more on how you can beat diabetes, please see my book The Type 2 Diabetes Breakthrough. You can order it by calling 800-728-2288.
Finding your Real Cures,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Yoshida M, Jacques PF, Meigs JB, et al. Effect of vitamin K supplementation on insulin resistance in older men and women. Diabetes Care. 2008 Nov;31(11):2092-6. Epub 2008 Aug 12.
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