Vitamins and Diabetes type II

By Tzone Latest Reply 2013-09-09 17:34:28 -0500
Started 2013-09-03 18:39:33 -0500

Hey I'm new to the forums! I had posted a question on Diabetic Connect on Facebook and I was asked to share it here! So here goes! (be gentle on me)

I have type II Diabetes, and I take a host of vitamins for other maladies I suffer from. One of those was Vitamin B1. According to the internet, vitamin B1 helps the body break down Carbs into energy, which we all know is sugar. It is said that Vitamin B1 does not contribute to diabetes.

That all being said, If your body doesn't use all those broken down Carbs, can it lead to higher BG levels??

Here's what I've found so far, I dropped from 250mgs of B1 a day to 100mgs, my numbers BG numbers dropped 20 to 40 points almost immediately!! I'm testing this theory, I've had loads of icing on my nephews cake, and the local fairs are helping me spike carbs and sugars (funnel cake!!) Anyway, the last two days I completely cut out Vitamin B1, My Numbers are awesome!!! Well within normal range!!

What's your thoughts?? I'd love to hear them!

2 replies

Tzone 2013-09-09 17:34:28 -0500 Report

Here's an update from my original post! I dropped B1 completely out of my regimen. No other changes were made in my diet or supplements or activity. I haven't had a BG reading above normal since!!
My lifestyle is pretty sedate for loads of reasons, walking is often painful. It does stand to reason that converting those carbs into sugars and not using them all as fuels will spike the numbers. I'm guessing now those carbs are passing through my system and not being converted.
No spikes or crashes in either BG levels or energy levels!

Nick1962 2013-09-04 11:20:05 -0500 Report

Hey Tzone, welcome!

From my reading, all B vitamins (thiamine) do help convert carbs to sugar, and also boost metabolism. The big question is does it do it faster than your body naturally would, thus increasing blood sugar beyond the point your body can process it, or does the B1 simply pass through unused as excess. For me, both seem true depending on health on any given day.

The daily need for most adults is 1.1 to 1.4mg., and I’ve read that as a supplement – should you need it (and that’s a big question there) – is usually only 50-100mg. at most.
At 250mg., if the B1 is actively doing what it is supposed to do, I would think that would be equivalent to taking an energy drink. So, let me ask, do you have periods of energy and then crash?

I’m not a doctor or nutritionist, just speaking from my own experience as a controlled T2. Right now, before I start any type of supplement, I have a decent blood panel done with my doctor to be sure I actually need it. There are some great benefits to many supplements, but they can also alter or interfere with your natural body chemistry, not to mention adversely react to other medications. Taking B1 specifically for long periods can also affect the balance of the rest of the needed B vitamins, and for that reason a B complex supplement is usually used.

Bottom line, in my humble and non-professional opinion, if your numbers are down that significantly, and your doctor hasn’t found you B deficient – dump it. At the very least take it down to a reasonable daily dose, or try to get it naturally through food, and of course talk to your doctor.