Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting. This essential fat-soluble vitamin supports heart and bone health and has roles in brain function. Vitamin K deficiency is rare since the vitamin is present in many common foods including grains, vegetables, and oils.
Vitamin K deficiency occurs in people of different backgrounds, but predominantly in neonates due to a sterile gut and the fact that vitamin k does not cross the placenta. Adults can also suffer from this condition, especially those on anticoagulant medications, and those on antibiotics that interfere with the absorption of vitamin K. If your diet does not contain adequate amounts of vitamin K or your body is unable to absorb the vitamin, you may also be deficient in vitamin K.
It is important to have a nutritionally balanced diet to prevent vitamin K deficiency. Below is information on 10 vitamin K deficiency symptoms that you can use to detect the problem.
Symptom #1: Nose Bleeding
Vitamin K plays an important role in coagulation. Therefore, if a patient is suffering from a deficiency, bleeding will be the cardinal sign of this condition.
Nose bleeding is a non-specific symptom that is associated with many conditions. The bleeding should not be abundant and it usually stops after applying pressure.