Research summary below.
Abstract: "Despite the targeting of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, disease burden has not been completely eliminated. Thiamine is an essential cofactor in carbohydrate metabolism
and individuals with diabetes are thiamine deficient." The pathophysiology of recognized complications of thiamine deficiency is similar to that underlying atherosclerosis and metabolic syndrome, namely oxidative stress, inflammation and endothelial dysfunction"
"Thiamine administration can prevent the formation of harmful by-products of glucose metabolism, reduce oxidative stress and improve endothelial function."
This is just some of the research that I read that tells me that diabetic complications are not prevented by drugs alone. My analysis of all the research I read follows. If I have made a mistake, I would be happy to be corrected.
1. Diabetics excrete thiamine B1 at a 25 % higher rate than non diabetics, so they are short.
2. Thiamine (B1) is crucial for protecting the nerves from oxidative damage.
3. Research evidence shows that high doses of fat soluble thiamine in the form of Benfotiamine
protects the nerves from the oxidative damage. Diabetes drugs lowers blood sugar but do not
protect the nerve cells from oxidative stress.
4. Keeping blood sugar down with diet also protects the nerves from oxidative stress.
5. Doctors are not up to date with this research but you can be. It is all on line in many different places.
6. Benfotiamine (not a brand name) is available at stores that sell vitamins. It can be bought over the counter. Germany has been prescribing benfotiamine to diabetics since the 1990's.
After 30 years of diabetes, the bottoms of my feet started to tingle. After taking the benfoitiamine for awhile, the tingling went away.
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