Vitamin K Dependent Proteins and the Role of Vitamin K2 in the Modulation of Vascular Calcification: A Review

Vascular calcification, a cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, is an actively regulated process involving vitamin K dependent proteins (VKDPs) among others. Vitamin K is an essential micronutrient, present in plants and animal fermented products that plays an important role as a cofactor for the post-translational γ-carboxylation of glutamic acid residues in a number of […]

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Dietary Intake of Menaquinone Is Associated with a Reduced Risk of Coronary Heart Disease: The Rotterdam Study

Vitamin K–dependent proteins, including matrix Gla-protein, have been shown to inhibit vascular calcification. Activation of these proteins via carboxylation depends on the availability of vitamin K. We examined whether dietary intake of phylloquinone (vitamin K-1) and menaquinone (vitamin K-2) were related to aortic calcification and coronary heart disease (CHD) in the population-based Rotterdam Study. The […]

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She turned around her health, her diabetes diagnosis and lost weight

“I feel like I have climbed a mountain and reached the summit and am looking out at a whole new world, and it looks fantastic.” That’s how 56-year-old Debra Scott, of Blackpool, feels since shedding 3st and reversing her diagnosis of type two diabetes – without medication. She stuck to a low carbohydrate diet after […]

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‘Carbohydrates are killing us’

This year, more than 610,000 Americans will die from heart disease. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. For decades, doctors and nutritionists prescribed low-fat diets to people trying to lower their risk of heart disease. Saturated fats in meats and dairy products were thought to clog our arteries. Grains — […]

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Supra-Additive Effects of Combining Fat and Carbohydrate on Food Reward

Fat and carbohydrate interact to potentiate reward independently of liking This is reflected in supra-additive responses in the striatum during food valuation Participants are able to estimate energy density from fat, but not carbohydrate Accurate estimation of energy density recruits a prefrontal-fusiform gyrus circuit Post-ingestive signals conveying information about the nutritive properties of food are […]

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Reverse and Prevent Diabetes with Dr. Brian Mowll

Type 2 Diabetes and pre-diabetes is a real threat for emotional eaters. But it can be reversed. Dr. Brian Mowll is the founder and medical director of SweetLife® Diabetes Health Centers. He coaches clients worldwide by showing them how optimize their health and metabolism, control blood sugar, and reverse type 2 diabetes using a natural, […]

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Carbohydrate restriction has a more favorable impact on the metabolic syndrome than a low fat diet

We recently proposed that the biological markers improved by carbohydrate restriction were precisely those that define the metabolic syndrome (MetS), and that the common thread was regulation of insulin as a control element. We specifically tested the idea with a 12-week study comparing two hypocaloric diets (approximately 1,500 kcal): a carbohydrate-restricted diet (CRD) (%carbohydrate:fat:protein = […]

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Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets

Very-low-carbohydrate diets or ketogenic diets have been in use since the 1920s as a therapy for epilepsy and can, in some cases, completely remove the need for medication. From the 1960s onwards they have become widely known as one of the most common methods for obesity treatment. Recent work over the last decade or so […]

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Diabetes Defeated by Diet

Spending on diabetes drugs in the U.S. reached $53.7 billion last year, more than double what it was in 2013. Roughly 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. The Fresh Food Farmacy program, being tested by Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, which includes education and free nutritious meals, can lower diabetes treatment costs by 80 percent. […]

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