Benefits of Vitamin B1

For some people, vitamin B1 is helpful for alleviating their symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

In the early stages of type 1 diabetes, vitamin B1 may help increase insulin production. In the later stages, it may improve the ability of insulin to transport blood glucose.

As with many vitamins, it’s important to take vitamin B1 in combination with other vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin B1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Vitamin B1 is thought to be helpful for people with type 2 diabetes. One review of research found that people with type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of getting vitamin B1 deficiency, which puts them at risk for other chronic conditions.

In this case, vitamin B1 may help prevent chronic conditions like heart disease. One study found that people who have high blood pressure had higher intakes of vitamin B1.

Vitamin B1 and Inflammation

Vitamin B1 is thought to help reduce chronic inflammation.

Inflammation is a known risk factor for many chronic conditions, including heart disease. It can also be a symptom of other conditions, including type 2 diabetes.

In a systematic review, researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes had lower vitamin B1 levels. And a separate review indicated that people with type 2 diabetes had lower vitamin B1 levels than people without type 2 diabetes.

Vitamin B1 and Weight Gain

People with type 1 diabetes may find that they gain weight more slowly than people without diabetes. But in people with type 2 diabetes, vitamin B1 may help prevent weight gain.

One study found that people with type 2 diabetes who were overweight or obese had lower vitamin B1 levels. Another study found that people with type 2 diabetes who were obese had lower vitamin B1 levels than people who were not obese.

Vitamin B1 and Other Conditions

Vitamin B1 may be beneficial for people with some other conditions. In one study, researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes who had high blood pressure or high cholesterol were more likely to have low vitamin B1 levels.

Vitamin B1 and Eye Health

One study suggests that people with type 2 diabetes have lower vitamin B1 levels. A separate study found that people with type 2 diabetes who had poor vision had lower vitamin B1 levels.

Vitamin B1 and Heart Health

Research suggests that people who have low vitamin B1 levels have a higher risk of heart disease. One study found that people with type 2 diabetes who had low vitamin B1 levels were more likely to have heart disease.

Vitamin B1 and Liver Health

Research suggests that people with type 2 diabetes who have poor liver function may have lower vitamin B1 levels. A separate study found that people with type 2 diabetes who had poor liver function had lower vitamin B1 levels.

Vitamin B1 and Diabetes Treatment

According to one review, vitamin B1 has been found to be beneficial for some people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Vitamin B1 and Oral Medications

Vitamin B1 may help reduce the side effects of some oral medications.

In one study, researchers found that people with type 1 diabetes who took vitamin B1 during their treatment had reduced nausea and vomiting. In another study, researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes who took vitamin B1 had lower risks of nausea, vomiting, and blood sugar levels that were too high.

Vitamin B1 and Insulin

In a review of research, researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes who took vitamin B1 had improved insulin sensitivity.

People with type 1 diabetes may also benefit from taking vitamin B1 if they take insulin. According to a review of research, taking vitamin B1 may improve insulin sensitivity.

Vitamin B1 and Pregnancy

According to one review, vitamin B1 may be beneficial for people with type 1 diabetes during pregnancy.

Vitamin B1 and Fat Loss

Vitamin B1 may help with fat loss in people who want to lose weight. This is because it may help with weight maintenance.

However, more research is needed to assess whether vitamin B1 is helpful for people wanting to lose weight.

Vitamin B1 and Kidney Health

In a review of research, researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes who had kidney disease had lower vitamin B1 levels.

People with type 2 diabetes who have kidney disease may also have lower vitamin B1 levels.

Vitamin B1 and Exercise

In a review of research, researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes who exercise have lower vitamin B1 levels.

How to Get More Vitamin B1?

To increase the amount of vitamin B1 in your diet, try these tips:

  • Eat more leafy green vegetables, such as kale, spinach, or Swiss chard.
  • Eat more red meat, such as beef, lamb, or venison.
  • Eat fish, such as salmon, tuna, or sardines.
  • Eat eggs.
  • Eat more whole grain products, such as whole wheat bread, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta.
  • Drink more milk, such as soy milk or whole milk.

Vitamin B1 can also be found in some foods, such as:

  • Liver
  • Mushrooms
  • Tofu
  • Liver paste
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Pork
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Sunflower seeds

It may also be helpful to eat foods that are rich in vitamin B1, such as:

  • Avocados
  • Kale
  • Spinach

Vitamin B1 and Health Professionals

Vitamin B1 is a nutrient that can be hard to find in supplements. You may want to talk with your health care professional or dietitian about adding this nutrient to your diet.

Healthcare Professionals

If you need to take vitamin B1 supplements, speak with your health care professional. They can help you determine if you need to take vitamin B1 or another vitamin.

Dietitians

Dietitians can help you create a healthy diet that includes foods that are rich in vitamin B1. Ask your dietitian to help you create a vitamin B1rich diet to help you manage your diabetes.

For those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your health care team about how you can get the vitamins you need.

For children who need vitamin B1, speak with your child’s health care team. They can help you create a vitamin B1rich diet.

When to See a Doctor?

If you have diabetes, you should see your doctor to monitor your blood sugar and check your vitamin B1 levels.

Your doctor can also help you get the vitamins you may need. They can help you create a vitamin B1rich diet.

If you’re getting vitamin B1 from another source, your doctor may suggest that you take vitamin B1 supplements to ensure you get enough vitamin B1.

You should also see your doctor if you have heart disease or kidney disease. If you have these conditions, you may need to take vitamin B1 supplements to help with your blood sugar levels.

Take the first step to taking control of your diabetes. See your doctor today.

Related Disease Conditions

  • Blood Sugar: Diabetes
  • Blood Sugar: Insulin Sensitivity
  • Blood Sugar: Insulin
  • Diabetes
  • Glucose
  • Insulin
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Low Blood Sugar
  • High Blood Sugar
  • Severe Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes and Heart Disease
  • Diabetes and Pregnancy

The takeaway

Vitamin B1 may be helpful for people with diabetes. It can help with blood sugar levels, weight management, and kidney health.

If you have diabetes, speak with your doctor to determine if you need to take vitamin B1 or other vitamin supplements.

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