Vitamin B1 is a water-soluble vitamin and acts as a coenzyme and is essential for a number of reactions in metabolism. Vitamin B1 is involved in many body functions including the nervous system, muscle function, metabolism and digestion. Because Vitamin B1 is water soluble and very little is stored in the body, depletion of this vitamin can occur rapidly. Vitamin B1 metabolism is extremely complex and is the focus of continuing research. Vitamin B1 is an essential nutrient as it plays a vital role in carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism. Thiamine deficiency can develop after only one month of a thiamine-free diet. Mild thiamine deficiency occurs in pregnant women (due to their increased requirement), diabetics, the elderly and in malabsorption syndromes. Severe thiamine deficiency is a disorder called beriberi.
Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. Do not take supplements on the day of the test. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.
Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.