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The Vitamin K Challenge! 
Jan. 25, 2012 7:52 am 
Updated: Jan. 25, 2012 6:36 pm
Did you know that there are 999 food products containing vitamin K?
   As you may or may not know when being treated with Warfarin(coumadin) you need to control your daily intake of vitamin K.
 I kind of but not really knew this. My father in law was being treated with coumadin and I was simply told he couldn't have broccoli or spinach. I didn't question it or do any research I simply didn't serve them when I cooked for Bill's dad.I did how ever make salads because both Bill and his dad like salads.Bill loves his vegetables.Depending on the ingredients a salad contains a sizable amount of K.
 Recently my husband had Hip Replacement surgery we were given all kinds of information to digest before the surgery.One of the pieces of information was a list of foods to avoid prior to and after the surgery,the list simply stated high Vitamin K foods to avoid.
 Let me tell you I have found out there is a lot more then that you need to know about the relationship between Vitamin K and Warfarin.
 Like did you know that there are 320 fruits and juices that are high in vitamin K? Like cranberry juice Bills favorite.
 Did you know that cutting out vitamin K completely out of your diet can have dangerous results if you are being treated with coumadin?
 Did you know that the liver uses vitamin K to make blood clotting proteins?Making vitamin K important to the body's blood clotting process.
 Did you know that coumadin works against vitamin K specifically to reduce the livers ability to produce the natural blood clotting process?Coumadin is used to reduce the risk of blood clots.
 Did you know the during coumadin treatment a significant change in vitamin K intake be it to increase or decrease the vitamin can result in significant and  potentially dangerous change in your INR?
 Did you know that a diet low in vitamin K can make it difficult to manage the INR?
 Did you know a PT-INR test is a test to measure how fast your bloods or clot?The higher the number the longer it takes for the blood to clot.
  Did you know that if you are being treated with coumadin you should not stop your intake of vitamin k foods?Instead you should maintain a consistent moderate level intake of vitamin K.Eating the same type foods from week to week.
 I didn't know any of this and shame on me for not doing my home work before the surgery.While Bill was still in the hospital I looked on line for a list of vitaminK food and boy did I find one.A list of 999 foods divided into categories and groups,arranged from highest level of K to the lowest level of the vitamin.I quickly glanced at the list with out reading  anything as I wondered what in the world am I going to feed this man. Basically it seemed as the only thing not on the K list is rice and fish and chocolate. I exaggerate but there is very little not on the K list.
 So after 3 days of removing all vitamin K that I could find the visiting nurse is visiting and she ask me about his diet. I tell what I have done about the vitamin K and she explains about the INR and the need for some K in the diet to keep the INR number steady. Then and only then I am a shamed to say did I go and do some research .
 So now here is my challenge, That is to re introduce a moderate level of vitamin K safely back into Bills diet and maintain that level for the next 6 weeks.
   I have to say that this is a much better challenge then the one I thought I was facing of keeping my vegetable loving husband away from Broccoli,cranberry juice and salads.
 Unfortunately for him all the leafy greens he loves so much will have to be just a dream for now.Truthfully broccoli also should be a dream but in a small enough portion I think we can sneak it in once a week.
Jan. 25, 2012 11:48 am
As you said, it's the *change* in vitamin K levels that is the biggest concern. This is a really hard change to deal with for so many people. Good luck! :)
Jan. 25, 2012 2:54 pm
When I was taking warfarin my doctor simply had me go weekly for a blood test and he adjusted the dosage accordingly. Once it seemed to be fairly stable, I had blood tests at more spaced intervals. He felt this was the best way to keep my diet healthy and blood clotting factors in check (I was being treated for pulmonary emboli) I hope your FIL is soon on the fast track to good health.
Jan. 25, 2012 6:12 pm
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I am married I work part time in a flower shop. have 1 grandchild and 1 son.I like to cook,sew,make soap and I love the ocean.
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