Vitamin B1 and improved albuminuria?

This study is not new, but it is new to me, and I was wondering if anyone else has tried to lower their urine albumin levels with high doses of vitamin B1?
Here is what the articles has to say about it. I wish it had a larger cohort than just 40 patients, but the results seem beneficial.

Researchers at the University of Warwick have discovered high doses of thiamine – vitamin B1 – can reverse the onset of early diabetic kidney disease.

Kidney disease, or diabetic nephropathy, develops progressively in patients with type 2 diabetes. Early development of kidney disease is assessed by a high excretion rate of the protein albumin from the body in the urine, known as microalbuminuria.
The research is led by Dr Naila Rabbani and Professor Paul J Thornalley at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Punjab and Sheik Zaid Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan.
The team has discovered taking high oral doses of thiamine can dramatically decrease the excretion of albumin and reverse early stage kidney disease in type 2 diabetes patients.

In a paper published online in the journal Diabetologia, the team show 300 mg of thiamine taken orally each day for three months reduced the rate of albumin excretion in type 2 diabetes patients. The albumin excretion rate was decreased by 41% from the value at the start of the study. The results also showed 35% of patients with microalbuminuria saw a return to normal urinary albumin excretion after being treated with thiamine.

Forty patients with type 2 diabetes aged between 35 and 65 years old took part in the trial. They were randomly assigned a placebo or 3 x 100mg tablets of thiamine a day for three months.

The Warwick research group has already conclusively proven that type 2 diabetes patients have a thiamine deficiency. In an earlier study led by Professor Paul Thornalley at Warwick Medical School, the research team showed that thiamine deficiency could be key to a range of vascular problems for diabetes patients.

Dr Rabbani said: “This study once again highlights the importance of Vitamin B1 and we need to increase awareness. Professor Thornalley and I are planning a foundation at the University of Warwick to further education and research in thiamine deficiency.”

I agree–40 people make a small group for research purposes! Only “known” info is that they were diabetic, thiamine deficient and had microalbuminarea. In the 3 month period, did they follow a healthy/healthier diet? Drink more water? See health personnel more often? Get paid for participation?

The RDA for thiamine is 1.2 mg/day. 300 mg/day is like 20,000% of RDA. Since thiamine we don’t need is filtered out by the kidneys, is this massive bath in thiamine washing out protein, too?

I’ve read your other posts re:microalbumin in urine. Be nice to yourself, eat well, and be patient. Your next checkup will be better–if not, a plan will be developed. Published research without confirmation by another scientist doing the exact same study with identical results is just a resumé filler.

+1. Especially when there are so many potential variables in play. One (small) sample just isn’t probative. “The plural of anecdote is not evidence.”

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