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Diabetic? Protect Your Kidneys with B1

A new study published online in the journal Diabetologia (published by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) found that vitamin B1 supplements may help protect diabetics from kidney disease.

Kidney disease is extremely common among diabetics and is said to threaten about a third of the more than 20 million Americans suffering from the disease. In fact, diabetes is the number one cause of kidney failure, accounting for nearly 44% of all cases

An early indicator of kidney disease is when a protein called albumin is detected in urine. Albumin is normally filtered by our kidneys, but when they aren't working properly small amounts can leak out of the kidneys and into urine.

Researchers from England and Pakistan recruited 40 type 2 diabetics to take part in the study which
sought to identify if vitamin B1 supplementation could help decrease the amount of albumin excretion among diabetics.

Each participant was randomly assigned to receive three 100mg capsules of vitamin B1 (thiamine) per day, or a placebo for three months.

The researchers measured levels of albumin in the urine of participants and found a 41 percent decrease in the individuals who received vitamin B1 supplements. There were no changes observed in the placebo group.

The researchers also noted that 35 percent of patients in the supplement group saw a return to normal levels of albumin excretion during the course of the study.

According to study author Dr. Naila Rabbani, this study adds to a growing body of evidence highlighting the importance of vitamin B1 and the necessity to increase awareness about it.

In addition to potential kidney benefits for diabetics, vitamin B1 is essential for converting blood sugar into energy and keeping your nervous, muscular, and cardiovascular systems healthy. Previous studies have also found that vitamin B1 can boost vascular health for diabetics.

To increase vitamin B1 levels in your body, try eating more B1 rich foods like pork, whole grains and kidney beans. If dietary sources prove difficult to come by, you may want to consider a quality supplement to help boost your vitamin B1 levels.
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