Ford Brewer, MD, MPH, discusses a study showing that vitamin K2 can decrease calcification of the coronary artery. However, he states that vitamin K2 may work in pulling calcium out but it may or may not actually decrease risks.
Vitamin K2: What Is It? Can it Remove Your Plaque?
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Vit K2 is a different chemical (menaquinone) from K1 (Phylloquinone). Both are fat-soluble. K1 is from leafy green vegetable sources, K2 is from meats, cheeses, eggs. Both are cofactors for gamma-glutamyl enzymes. K1 is for coagulation, Clotting Factors VII, IX, and X. K2 is involved in bone and vascular tissue calcification. Large studies ( Nurses' Health Study and Health Professionals' Follow- Up Study ) showed the minimal impact. But they did not differentiate between K1 and K2. The Rotterdam Study showed protection with K2 and none with K1. I reviewed another study ( Atherosclerosis Jl 2009 VOL 203, ISSUE 2 PP 489-493). Authors Buelens et al.
K1 was not protective. K2 appeared to be. But "protective" in this study means decreased calcification of the coronary artery. Calcified plaques are stable. In fact, the risk comes from soft plaque. Our goal is to find soft plaque and stabilize it. We know it has been stabilized by seeing an increase in calcification.
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Dr. Brewer started as an Emergency Doctor. After seeing too many preventable heart attacks, he went to Johns Hopkins to learn Preventive Medicine. While there, he went on the run the post-graduate training program (residency) in Preventive Medicine. From there, he made a career of practicing and managing preventive medicine and primary care clinics. His later role in this area was Chief Medical Officer for Premise, which has close to 1,000 primary care/prevention clinics. He was also the Chief Medical Officer for MDLIVE, the second largest telemedicine company. More recently, he founded PrevMed, a heart attack, and stroke prevention clinic.
At PrevMed, we focus on heart attack, stroke, and cognitive decline. We serve patients who have already experienced an event as well as those who have not developed a diagnosis or event. Dr. Brewer provides services via telemedicine or in-person if you're in the Lexington, KY area. We find a lot of undiagnosed prediabetes or insulin resistance. Treating unrecognized risk factors like prediabetes allows reduction of risk and prevention of disease.
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