Thiamine and Diabetes

By hughsbayou Latest Reply 2011-11-20 17:27:10 -0600
Started 2011-11-16 12:30:30 -0600

I accidentally discovered this and got results then looked it up. I started taking WSM Nerve support formula and my BG came back to normal range within a couple of weeks. The foot pains didn't diminish much but maybe in time. This was kind of expensive so when I ran out I looked on Amazon and found the ingredients were available more inexpensively. Now back on it and in two days I returned to normal BG levels. This article: explains that in both types of diabetes patients were found to be up to 75% deficient in this vitamin. Kidney problems have been prevented and in some cases reversed by taking Thiamine, especially a synthetic one. It's non-toxic. Why don't we hear about this? It's cheap, nobody is going to get rich selling Thiamine.

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Young1s 2011-11-20 13:00:05 -0600 Report

Really? I have been taking Thiamine and other vitamins since the time I was hospitalized and diagnosed with D, because my body had been extremely deficient of them. This is the first time I have heard of Thiamine effecting BGs in this way. But it might explain why my levels dropped within normal ranges in just a few weeks, whereas for others it can take months. Hmmm…

hughsbayou 2011-11-20 17:27:10 -0600 Report

It's interesting that no one tells us about this. All of the research is pretty recent. Also, most of the research is being done in the UK. I surmise that in the UK they have a vested interest in lowering costs and finding inexpensive and effective treatments whereas here the research is done by drug companies looking for new ways to make money. Nobody is going to get rich on Benfotiamine (synthetic thiamine) as the pills are about 13 cents each! I take two in the morning and two at night before meals and my BG has not just stabilized but normalized. One article I read states that both T1 and T2 diabetics are usually 70% deficient in Thiamine due to increase urination which flushes it out of the system. My diabetic doc didn't even test for thiamine in the blood workup.

SKR73 2011-11-20 12:24:52 -0600 Report

Yes, vitamin B1 really help to control BG, if i take daily its lower my BP. I found cinamon tea made by raw cinamon makes my lower colestrrol and help reduce weight but i am still taking Thaimine if necessary

JoleneAL 2011-11-18 07:40:43 -0600 Report

I have an order ready to Vitacost so going to add this. Thank You for the information.

hughsbayou 2011-11-18 12:05:18 -0600 Report

get the one that is both Thiamin and Benfotiamine (synthetic) as one is water soluble and one is lipid soluble. It also seems that the synthetic form is better in the case of diabetes. My morning BG was again 91 without other medication.

hughsbayou 2011-11-17 09:30:29 -0600 Report

OK, the first time I started taking the thiamine it took about 3 weeks to have an effect. I ran out of it for about 10 days until the new supply arrived. This time it took 3 days to have an effect. I stopped taking the Meformin on Monday of this week (it's thursday) and my morning levels have been about 90 - 91! One hour after my low carb meal about 121. I'm taking two capsules twice a day, plus a B-12. Total daily cost about 25 cents.

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valentine lady 2011-11-16 17:44:37 -0600 Report

hughsbayou: I have heard of this before but didn't pay much mind. Used your link and now I'm very interested..I take cinnamon twice a day and it has helped a lot. My BS stays around 115 to 125. I certainly will add thiamine to my list of vitamins and minerals that I take. I've always been a firm believer in supplements. Valentine Lady…Thanks for the information. :-)

RebC 2011-11-16 14:46:30 -0600 Report

This is really interesting. I've heard cinnamon and cayenne pills help stabilize bg as well. My mom takes all three, but I should convince my dad to try them as well since he is the diabetic, and has the beginning stages of kidney failure.

Caroltoo 2011-11-16 16:07:01 -0600 Report

Turmeric, vinegar, lemon juice, and aloe are other reputedly helpful ones.

I've been using both turmeric and cinnamon to spice dishes recently and have found the combination amazingly tasty. Used it on a veggie and egg frittata this morning. Yum.

hughsbayou 2011-11-16 14:55:31 -0600 Report

I just did a little more research. From what I just learned he should immediately start taking the synthetic form. It acts pretty quickly and is non-toxic. I found it cheaply on Amazon of all places.