A Vitamin B1 (thiamine) deficiency may be the cause of the serious vascular side-effects found in diabetics. Concentrations of this vitamin were 75% lower in the group with diabetes compared to placebo. Thiamine works by helping to protect cells against the effect of high glucose levels, which may be why it is used up and found to be lower in the serum in people with high blood glucose levels. Lead researcher Paul Thornalley said “Supplementing diets [with thiamine] could be an effective way of minimizing the risk of these complications.”
Let’s hear it for the vitamins. Safe, effective, inexpensive.
Here’s the source (it was too wordy to put it at the top!): Continue reading Low Thiamine and Diabetes
Update: I just came across an excellent article linking diabetes with thiamine deficiency. Check out the article here.
(Can anyone get this information to Larry H. Miller?)
A patient recently came into my office for a consultation. She was in her early 50s, overweight, and was struggling with constant tiredness and a sense of being overwhelmed. She had tried multiple diets, with little to no success, and when she succeeded in dropping a couple of pounds, they came right back on. She was sick and tired of being sick and tired. She, like countless other baby boomers, is dealing with a physical condition that is nearly epidemic in proportion. If untreated, it has the potential to lead to full blown Continue reading Diabetes: Critical Information You Should Know