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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