I am absolutely not pretending that this is "the cure for diabetes", but it appears to pretty definitely point to a way to prevent quite a few of the more serious side effects. I've been a Type I on insulin for 42 years now. No neuropathy, heart problems, circulatory problems, etc. My ophthalmologist is continually amazed; I have eye problems, but not "diabetic eye problems". For various reasons I've been pushing B vitamins since my 20s, with only occasional breaks. So anyway, particularly if you are young (20s or younger) or are responsible for kids, you might want to look this stuff over. Print things out, take them to your endocrinologist, think about it.
Diabetes and thiamine
First, the original news articles that got me looking into this... http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6935482.stm
And also http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/essex/4099417.stm
So, I went to Google Scholar (the special Google subset that searches published academic papers) and asked... http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=thiamine+diabetes&btnG=&as_sdt=1%2C39
I have been taking thiamine for a while in a melatonin supplement and separately and read that it can cause hypos. This along with ala which I started recently may be reducing my insulin needs, I'm not sure yet. Thiamine is in green tea also, which I've been drinking for years, it has a calming, feel good effect on me also.Thanks for posting these, I'm going to read them. I was also taking b12 supplements before my diagnosis to help with the fatigue, but then I found after that my b12 level was too high, so I stopped that.
Well, years ago I read the research paper High prevalence of low plasma thiamine concentration in diabetes linked to a marker of vascular disease at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00125-007-0771-4
That started me pushing a multivitamin in the morning, and thiamine in the evening. I’m 66 years old and have been a (late onset) Type I diabetic for 44 years. Have the whole crop of high and low blood sugars, etc. BUT I have not had any circulatory problems, haven’t had to have anything amputated, etc. Minor eye problems, but not particularly diabetes connected. So thiamine may not be a bad idea.