A simple vitamin deficiency may be the cause of many of the side effects of diabetes, a study suggests.
Researchers found people with the disease expelled thiamine - vitamin B1 - from their bodies at 15 times the normal rate in a study of 94 people.
The Warwick University team said thiamine helped ward off complications such as heart disease and eye problems, the Diabetologia journal said.
Experts said diet supplements could potentially help people with diabetes. It is the first time a deficiency of the vitamin, which is found in meat, yeast and grains, has been identified in people with diabetes.
It has been missed in the past because of the way thiamine levels were measured.
Source - BBC