Vitamin B1

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3000,00 rsd

Obrtno Vreme

15 days

Uzorkovanje

Blood Draw

Kategorija

Immunohemistry

IntroLab laboratory in Vračar offers a wide range of diagnostic services, including vitamin B1 analysis. This test is extremely important as it allows for the assessment of vitamin B1 levels in the body. A deficiency can lead to various health complications, including beriberi, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, and certain heart problems.

What is Vitamin B1 and Who is Prone to Its Deficiency?

Vitamin B1, or thiamine, is essential for proper carbohydrate metabolism, nervous system functionality, and the myelination of peripheral nerves. It is obtained through diet, but the body’s stores are limited, so deficiency can occur very quickly. A lack of thiamine can develop in just 10 days with limited intake, while a more serious condition can appear in about 21 days.

Approximately 80% of chronic alcoholics suffer from thiamine deficiency, mainly due to inadequate nutrition. However, this deficiency, identifiable through B vitamin analyses, also occurs in older adults, people with chronic gastrointestinal problems, those suffering from severe anorexia, cancer patients, and individuals who use diuretics as part of their therapy.

Symptoms of Vitamin B1 Deficiency

Mild to moderate deficiency of vitamin B1, or thiamine, can cause nonspecific symptoms such as sleep problems, weakness, weight loss, irritability, and confusion. Even without obvious clinical symptoms, moderate deficiency can affect intellectual abilities and overall well-being.

If thiamine deficiency worsens, it can lead to serious conditions such as congestive heart failure (known as wet beriberi), peripheral neuropathy (or dry beriberi), Wernicke’s encephalopathy (an emergency that can lead to coma and death), and Korsakoff’s syndrome (often resulting in permanent memory loss and dementia).

Immediate administration of thiamine in cases of Wernicke’s encephalopathy can prevent the development of Korsakoff’s syndrome. Symptoms of dry beriberi include poor appetite, fatigue, and peripheral neuritis, while symptoms of wet beriberi include heart failure and edema. Patients with Wernicke’s encephalopathy may exhibit behavioral changes (confusion, delirium, apathy), double vision, and ataxia.

Thiamine therapy often works quickly for patients with a deficiency. However, diagnosing thiamine deficiency can be difficult. It’s important to raise awareness about this deficiency so it can be recognized early and prevent serious health issues. Testing for vitamin B1 is essential for accurate diagnosis.

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Uzorak: Venous Blood

Obrtno vreme: 15 days

Priprema: Fasting is required (no food or drink) for 8-12 hours before the test.

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