Can vitamin B1 reduce kidney damage in people with diabetes?

 Just read this interesting research finding on the Diabetes UK website

 Research shows that high doses of vitamin B1 (thiamine) could reduce kidney disease in people with Type 2 diabetes.

In 2007, Diabetes UK-funded research at the University of Warwick showed that people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes have around 75 per cent less levels of vitamin B1 than people without diabetes. This may not be due to diet, but to the rate at which the vitamin is cleared from the body.

However they went on to say the following

No firm conclusions yet

Don’t look to vitamin supplements

“However, we would like to stress that it’s still too early to come to any firm conclusions about the role of vitamin B1 and we would not advise that people look to vitamin supplements to reduce their risk of kidney complications at this stage.

Three cornerstones of good diabetes management

“Taking your prescribed medication, eating a healthy balanced diet and taking regular physical activity are key to good diabetes management.”

Professor Paul Thornalley, lead researcher at the Warwick Medical School, said: “This is the first study of its kind and suggests that correcting thiamine deficiency in people with diabetes with thiamine supplements may provide improved therapy for early-stage kidney disease”.

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Rates of Diabetes are on the increase

Just read this recent article online  from the Times October 21st 2008

Diabetes soars in Britain as obesity continues to rise

The number of people who will die as a result of diabetes is forecast to rise from one in ten to one in seven in less than 20 years unless obesity rates can be reduced significantly.

Costs to the National Health Service of treating the disease are expected to rise by a third by 2025 as the number of people suffering from diabetes reaches a record level.

Patients needing treatment for conditions linked to diabetes already cost the NHS £9 billion annually, and the figure is forecast to rise to £12 billion, before inflation, by 2025.

Figures released by Diabetes UK, which represents patients, suggest that life expectancy in Britain will start falling for the first time in two centuries because of the rise in the disease.

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Cholesterol Tests for children

Read this story below this summer in the Times August 19 2008 and thought it may be of interest to you

 Heart risk ten-year-olds to be tested for cholesterol   From The Times August 19, 2008

Tens of thousands of young people in Britain are to be screened for a genetic defect that can kill them in their twenties.

Under proposals from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), nationwide testing is to begin to detect those with genes that increase their blood cholesterol — and hence their risk of heart disease. The tests, which could cover children as young as 10, will be focused on those whose fathers or mothers are known to have high cholesterol levels.

It is thought that up to 120,000 people in Britain carry genes that cause high cholesterol levels. Carriers run the risk of developing heart disease at a much younger age than other people, and dying from it before they are aware of the risk.

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