Vitamin breakthrough could cut diabetes deaths

A drug which could cut diabetics' chances of having heart attacks and strokes is being tested by scientists.

The breakthrough follows a study which found diabetics suffer from a lack of vitamin B1, which is important in keeping the body's circulatory system healthy.
This deficiency could increase the chance of heart attacks and strokes, which account for around 80 per cent of diabetes deaths.

Researchers at the Warwick Medical School found the kidneys of diabetics are getting rid of vitamin B1 - also known as thiamine - 15 times more quickly than in healthy people.
They hope high-dose vitamin B1 supplements could therefore reduce the risk of patients developing heart problems. Another option would be to develop drugs to stop the kidneys getting rid of so much of the vitamin. The study, published in the journal Diabetologia, involved 74 diabetics and 20 healthy volunteers.

Source - Daily Mail

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