Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Helps to Reverse Early Kidney Damage in Diabetics

The kideys appear to be especially sensitive to the ravages of accelerated aging caused by toxins and diseases such as diabetes. By the time that the doctor usually diagnoses kidney damage, you have already lost a significant amount of function. That’s why it’s important to be proactive in keeping the kidneys as healthy as possible.

In a pilot study, 40 subjects with type II diabetes and early kidney damage were given either 100 mg of thiamine three times daily or a sugar pill for three months…

By the study’s end, the subjects that received the thiamine enjoyed a 41% decrease in protein in the urine, an indication of kidney damage.

In addition, 35% of the subjects receiving the thiamine had a total normalization of urine protein...that’s a VERY good thing.

Kidney damage is a major complication of diabetes and can result in poor quality of life and ultimately death if left to progress. Conventional medicine uses medications like ACE Inhibitors to slow the progression of kidney damage, however, the medications are only modestly effective and can leave the patient with side effects.

Thiamine appears to be effective without causing side effects. In addition to thiamine, omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and activated coenzyme Q10 are also important parts of any kidney protection program.


  • Diabetologia. 2008 Dec 5

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