Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) Deficiency
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Reduced Reflexes
  • Tingling Sensation in Arms and Legs
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Blurry Vision
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Changes in Heart Rate
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Delirium

Treatment of Thiamin (vitamin B1)Deficiency

  • breaking down sugar (carbohydrate) molecules from food
  • creating certain neurotransmitters (brain chemicals)
  • producing fatty acids
  • synthesizing certain hormones
  • Foods with thiamin

Thiamin (vitamin B1)is present in:

  • whole grains and fortified bread, cereal, pasta, and rice
  • pork
  • trout
  • mussels
  • acorn squash
  • legumes, such as black beans and soybeans
  • seeds
  • nuts
  • Thiamin(vitamin B1) deficiency is not common in the United States. However, certain groups of people may not get enough thiamin(vitamin B1), including:
  • those with alcohol dependence
  • older adults
  • those with HIV or AIDS
  • those with diabetes
  • those who have heart failure
  • those who have had bariatric surgery

Symptoms of thiamin(vitamin B1) deficiency

A person with a thiamin (vitamin B1) deficiency may experience:

  • weight loss
  • little or no appetite
  • memory problems or confusion
  • heart problems
  • tingling and numbness in the hands and feet
  • loss of muscle mass
  • poor reflexes

Alcohol dependence can cause a person to develop a thiamin(vitamin B1) deficiency. This can cause Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (WKS), which may result in tingling and numbness in the hands and feet, memory loss, and confusion.

WKS can lead Wernicke’s encephalopathy (WE), which can be life threatening. A reviewTrusted Source from 2017 found that people with WE may benefit from high doses of thiamin(vitamin B1).

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