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      Are you deficient in thiamine?

      Thiamine or Vitamin B1 is a vitamin that’s not discussed much yet it’s very important for the body to properly utilize carbohydrates and make the nerves function properly. This is a water-soluble vitamin and so your body does not store quantities of it for long periods of time. Here are some silent signs that you could be deficient in the vitamin.

      Weak muscles & weight loss

      When there is a lack of thiamine in the diet, the metabolism of glucose is impacted. This may end up in problems such as memory loss, loss of appetite, muscle weakness, fatigue, and weight loss.

      Lack of hunger

      Thiamin has an important role in controlling the brain’s hypothalamus which controls appetite and hunger. If there is a thiamine deficiency, the brain is likely to assume that it’s full and therefore loss of appetite takes place.

      Numb or tingling arms or legs

      Those with chronic alcoholism, disorders related to drug-use, severe gastrointestinal disorder, or AIDS may be at risk for Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. This is a condition when nerves that carry messages to and from the brain get damaged as a result of thiamine deficiency.


      In case you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, you are very likely to suffer from thiamine deficiency. A study in Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research showed that 8% of diabetes patients were mildly deficiency in thiamine and 32% were moderately deficient.

      Exhaustion and memory problems

      Thiamine is required for various enzymes necessary that are necessary for glucose metabolism in the brain. Fatigue and mental confusion can be a result of this. 


      Chronic alcohol drinking reduces thiamine absorption. Lot of thiamine is also used up for alcohol metabolism and lots of it is lost in urine. If you have a drinking problem, it’s important to get yourself tested for thiamine deficiency.



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