According to a new study, teens with type 1 diabetes and vitamin B-12 deficiency could benefit from taking vitamin B supplements. These supplements are believed to improve kidney function by reducing the progression and development of renal diseases.
This study involved approximately 100 participants ages 12-18, all of whom had type 1 diabetes, vitamin B-12 deficiency, and early stages of diabetic kidney disease. Participants who were given vitamin B supplements showed changes in several blood glucose markers that indicate improved blood glucose regulation and kidney function.
The size of this study indicates that the findings are somewhat limited. Future research is needed to better understand the relationship between vitamin B and kidney function.
These findings were presented at the 57th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting on September 27, 2018.