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DIABETES AND VITAMIN B1-THIAMINE
"High prevalence of low plasma thiamine concentration in diabetes linked to a marker of vascular disease", Diabetologia, Published on-line ahead of print, doi: 10.1007/s00125-007-0771-4

English researchers have found that people with diabetes excrete thiamine - vitamin B1 - from their bodies at 15 times the normal rate. Lead researcher Paul Thornalley reports that the thiamine concentration in blood plasma was decreased by about 75 per cent in both type 1 and 2 diabetics. In this study of 94 people, the Warwick University team said thiamine could help ward off complications such as heart disease and eye problems, as reported in the journal Diabetologia.

In the United States there are over 20 million people with diabetes, which is about 7% of the population. The total annual costs of diabetes care are thought to be as much as $132 billion, with $92 billion being direct costs from medication, according to 2002 American Diabetes Association figures.

Up to now, thiamine deficiency has not been identified in diabetics. Using a new method of determining thiamine status showed that the conventional method of thiamine assessment was actually a deficiency.
The decreased availability of thiamine in vascular cells would reduce the protection of cells against the effects of high glucose levels, and increase the risk of atherosclerosis (chronic inflammation in the artery walls). Hence thiamine could be the key to warding off vascular problems such as kidney, retina (eye) and nerve damage as well as heart disease and stroke.

Though supplementation with high quality vitamin B1 is safe and inexpensive, here are some good food sources:
Brewer's yeast
Sunflower seeds
Beef kidney (organic)
Navy beans
Kidney beans
Whole grains

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