Lack of Vitamin K may contribute to arthritis in the knee

December 18, 2009

Researchers in the Department of Joint Disease research, Graduate School of Medicine in Tokyo examined the lifestyle and habits of 719 elderly Japanese men and women and any connection to arthritis of the knee that was proven through X-ray testing.

The following had an impact on the development of arthritis of the knee; age, body mass index, and being a woman. Having a low level of Vitamin K was connected to arthritis of the knee and the lower the intake of Vitamin K the worse the condition. Low Vitamin K intake was also associated with worsening deterioration of the joint. The study is published in the Journal of Orthopedic Science : official journal of the Japanese Orthopedic Association, November 2009.