A Deficiency Of Vitamin B1. Is Your Health At Risk?

Is Your Health at Risk?

A deficiency of Vitamin B1 is not very common in developed countries but an extended deficiency can

lead to severe health problems.

Vitamin B1 levels decline with age, and some age groups are at more risk than other. In order to prevent vitamin B1 deficiency it is important to know who is at risk and how these risks occur.

Who is at Risk:

Symptoms Of A Deficiency Of Vitamin B1

There are 3 forms of Beriberi disease;

Wet beriberi is associated with cardiovascular disease and the symptoms are edema, increased heart rate, lung congestion, and an enlarged heart related to congestive heart failure.

Dry beriberi and Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome are associated with nervous system disease and the symptoms for this particular disease are pain, tingling, or loss of sensation in the hands and feet. Muscle wasting and paralysis are also common and this can also lead to brain damage and death. All three forms of beriberi are most commonly caused by over excessive alcohol consumption.

Vitamin B1 Dosages And Side Effects

The suggested amount for thiamin is 1.0 to 1.5 mg. It is available up to 500 mg dosages in supplements. As the body does not store water-soluble vitamins and excretes any excessive amounts, symptoms of toxicity due to a high dosage are very rare.

According to a case study in the December 27, 2005 issue of Neurology, a deficiency of vitamin B1 can become a serious condition following surgery, which is used to treat obesity.