Beriberi is usually caused by poor diet or alcoholism.
Causes: the lack of vitamin B1 the diet
Higher risk persons: People who are older adults, alcoholics or have diabetes are higher at risk for this condition. This is because of their poor diet and possibly lack of funds for the correct nutrition. There is a rare condition called genetic beriberi which blocks the body's ability to absorb vitamin B1 and this can cause Beriberi to happen.
The treatment required depends on severity of the diagnose
Beriberi is treatable by a medical professional as it requires a medical diagnosis before treatment can begin.
Foods to improve Thiamine/vitamin B1 include BROWN rice,
Medication: B1 supplements
Prevention: It can include eating more B1-rich foods, such as wholegrain cereals, beans and beef.
Beriberi is one of the serious and potentially lethal side effects of malnutrition.
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