Thiamin Deficiency and Glucose PDF Print E-mail
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Thiamine, The Vitamin B1

Thiamin or Vitamin B1 plays an important role in maintaining the energy level in your body. The body needs Thiamin, Thiamine, (AKA) Vitamin B1, mainly for breaking down and utilizing Carbohydrates and Fats. The main energy source for the body are Carbohydrates (Absorption, Glucose). Moreover, one finds that most nutrients are interrelated and interdependent of each other with respect to digestion and absorption.

Thiamin Deficiency

If and when Thiamine is not available in the body, several of the body's organ systems are negatively effected by this deficiency.

  1. The body's gastrointestinal system contains cells in the smooth muscles and the glands that secrete juices facilitating digestion and glucose production. The digestive system will be starved (malnutrition) from this lack of glucose energy and fuel.
  2. The central nervous system requires glucose as its main source of energy in order to provide proper functioning. Without Thiamin or Vitamin B1 to break-down the Carbohydrates for glucose, cells of the nervous system (including the brain) get starved (malnutrition).Art Thiamin Deficiency

The daily requirement for Thiamin Vitamin B1 is measured with respect to the amount of calories eaten. This can fluctuate according to the amount of calories obtained from Carbohydrate to Glucose source. This is the case because Thiamine or Vitamin B1 aids in the breakdown of the Carbohydrates for energy from the glucose.

Thiamin or Vitamin B1 deficiencies have been observed in those with a limited variety of foods in their diet and especially those from highly processed and nutritionally lacking foods. Combine this with minimal protein consumption and you are setting yourself up. Today, of course, many highly processed foods have been fortified chemically. Just remember that naturally occurring vitamins in naturally available foods are always best.

If you can go outside to pick it, it's better. Remember that bagels do not grow on trees. We still like them though, so moderation is the key.

Alcohol and Thiamin Deficiency

People who abuse alcohol are also subject to thiamin deficiency. The effects of alcohol abuse on the body can be devastating to the nervous system, digestive system and of course the kidneys. Alcohol is reported to cause malnutrition because of the weakened absorption of nutrients and the increasing loss of Thiamin Vitamin B1 in the urine.

For alcoholism, the body will require more and more nutrients because it is starved of the important nutrients to stay viable. This particular scenario becomes a vicious cycle that can or will adversely affect good health. Unfortunately this can eventually lead to brain damage or death.

Poor and Bad eating habits can have profound effects on the body's ability to absorb and utilize nutrients. Thiamine deficiency will lower the body's ability to process carbohydrates to glucose. Remember that foods high in fats and sugars are generally deficient in Thiamin, Vitamin B1.