Thiamine, or vitamin B1, helps people with type 2 diabetes mellitus, according to a study published in the journal Clinical Medicine Insights: Endocrinology and Diabetes. Foodconsumer.org noted the research.
Ninety-five percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes in adults are type 2. About 25 million Americans have diabetes – about eight percent of the U.S. population according to the National Institutes of Health. Of those, 7 million do not know they have the disease. Total health care and related costs for the treatment of the disease run about $174 billion every year.
People with type 2 diabetes are more likely than other people to have a deficiency of thiamine. Correction of the deficiency may help prevent cardiometabolic complications, according to the article on Foodconsumer.org.
In the interventional study, 86 patients with diabetes mellitus and 26 health individuals with a matched age and body max index were given a daily dose of 100 mg of thiamine for six months.
After three months, total cholesterol levels decreased and high density lipoprotein cholesterol was reduced. The supplementation also helped subjects with type 2 diabetes improve their lipid profile, including mean serum LDL.
The study’s authors concluded: “Thiamine supplementation is a promising adjuvant therapy for patients with DMT2 (diabetes mellitus type 2).
Another recent study revealed another benefit of thiamine: the potential to halt the growth of cancer.