Diseases and Disorders

Thiamine Deficiency

What is Thiamine?

Thiamine is an essential nutrient that all our tissues require functioning properly. Vitamin b1 or thiamine is water-soluble and can be found in foods, multivitamins, and individual supplements. The body needs thiamine to make adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Vitamin b1 function involves transporting energy within cells. Sources of vitamin b1 are plenty and include beef, liver, dried berries, legumes, peas, and yeast. Fortified food also is a dominant source of vitamin B1.

What is Vitamin B1?

It is a vitamin that is required by the body to store and transport energy to all the cells of the body. It is a colourless organosulphur compound that is absorbed by the body in the upper, small intestine. Vitamin b1 deficiency causes nervous system, heart, and brain damage.

Vitamin b1 is an essential nutrient that all our tissues require functioning properly. Vitamin b1 is water-soluble and can be found in foods, multivitamins, and individual supplements. The body needs vitamin b1 to make adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Vitamin b1 function involves transporting energy within cells. Sources of vitamin b1 are plenty and include beef, liver, dried berries, legumes, peas, and yeast. Fortified food also is a dominant source of vitamin B1.

Thiamine Deficiency

Vitamin b1 test is required to check if you are suffering from any deficiency which can cause serious illness. A chronic and severe vitamin b1 deficiency leads to Beri Beri, which affects the heart and circulatory system. Sometimes, this can be life-threatening.

Here are the vitamin b1 deficiency symptoms to watch out for 

  1. Loss of appetite
  2. Fatigue
  3. Irritability
  4. Reduced reflexes
  5. Tingling sensation in the arms and legs
  6. Muscle weakness
  7. Blurry vision
  8. Nausea and vomiting
  9. Change in heart rate
  10. Shortness of breath
  11. Delirium

Do I need to go for any other test along with Vitamin B1?

The doctor will recommend any other tests required, such as an X-Ray scan or another round of blood tests depending on the diagnosis.

Vitamin b1 test result

The vitamin b1 test result is got with 24-36 hours. For an adult vitamin b1, the normal range is between 2.5 -7.5 μg/dL. The test results will be diagnosed by the doctor to see if there is a deficiency in vitamin b1. Usually, anything less than the normal range shows a deficiency. Vitamin b1 benefits include promoting energy production, protecting nerves, preventing heart diseases, promote digestion and prevention Alzheimer’s disease.

What might affect my vitamin b1 test results?

Thiamine deficiency is rare in healthy adults, but some of the risk factors that may affect are:

  • Alcoholism
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Anorexia
  • People who have undergone dialysis
  • Individuals who take digoxin or phenytoin
  • Old age
  • HIV/AIDS

Vitamin b1 deficiency treatment involves taking thiamine injections or supplements which are recommended by the doctor. Depending on the diagnosis, the doctor will also recommend a vitamin b1 rich diet which includes poultry, soybeans, whole grain cereals, which are all rich sources of the vitamin.

Any special preparations required for the Vitamin b1 test?

Vitamin b1 blood test does not require any special preparations to be made. But you must inform your doctor of any over-the-counter medications you are taking, herbal supplements, any allergies you have or any drugs you may have time. Fasting is not required before the test.

Conclusion

A vitamin B1 test is a blood test to identify if there is a deficiency in the vitamin which can lead to BeriBeri and other illnesses.

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Reference: MSDManuals

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