Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, is essential for the proper functioning of the nerves in the body. Vitamin B1 deficiency, also known as LowB1, causes peripheral neuropathy. If you have numbness, tingling, burning or shooting pains in your feet and legs you may have a deficiency in vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 deficiency often goes unrecognized and is much more common than is generally believed. LowB1 often affects diabetics, people who abuse alcohol, people on certain medications, obese people and many people over 50 years of age.
Studies have shown that most diabetics are vitamin B1 deficient and many physicians believe this is true of prediabetics as well. Metformin, the most commonly prescribed medication for the treatment of diabetes, inhibits vitamin B1 absorption from the intestines and, as such, people on metformin are at greater risk of vitamin B1 deficiency than people on other medications for
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy associated with vitamin B1 deficiency–numbness, tingling, burning and pains in the feet and legs–often improve with the use of an appropriate high-potency bioactive form of vitamin B1.