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Vitamin deficiency linked to diabetes complications

Vitamin B1 deficiencies may explain why people with diabetes suffer from so many complications, research suggests.  

Scientists from Warwick Medical School have found that vitamin B1 deficiencies affect some 76% and 75% of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

This is not due to diet, but because the body of someone with diabetes removes vitamin B1 at a higher than avereage rate.

Low levels of vitamin B1 can cause heart disease, kidney disease, retinopathy and nerve damage.

Science Information Manager at Diabetes UK Matt Hunt says this study may have "very exciting outcomes".

Researchers are already looking into whether vitamin B1 tablets can reverse early kidney damage in people with diabetes.

"More research needs to be done into the link between vitamin B1 deficiency and people with diabetes developing complications such as kidney and retina damage, heart disease and stroke," says Hunt.  

He adds that that the vitamin supplement research is still at trial stage and vitamin supplements should not replace a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise.

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"Beans on toast is considered a balanced diet if you hold a slice in each hand" - Mike Adams

"Not a common statement of belief at all, although some might believe that pills can supplement an inadequate diet. The common assumption is that eating a balanced diet is adequate, not that a balanced diet is described, and if it was it would assume that the person was in no need of additional supplements. Vitamin B1 is all too often not part of a balanced diet, unless beans on toast is considered a balanced diet" - Name and address supplied