Vitamin B1 (thiamin) deficiency may result from
Nowadays in the Western world, vitamin B1 deficiency is mainly found as a consequence of extreme alcoholism.
Vitamin B1 (thiamin) deficiency affects the cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, and gastrointestinal systems (1). The disease resulting from severe thiamin deficiency is called ‘beriberi’. Depending on the systems affected by severe thiamin deficiency, beriberi has been termed dry (damage of nerves in legs and arms), wet (damage of the heart), or cerebral (brain damage) (2).
Authored by Dr Peter Engel in 2010, reviewed and revised by Angelika Friedel on 29.06.17