Overview Beriberi is a common disease that is caused for want of\u00a0vitamin B1\u00a0(thiamine) in the human body. Anybody may suffer from this disease who is badly feeding. In the U.S.A this disease is almost scarce as the available foods are full of vitamins. The very general reason for beriberi in the U.S.A is the action of alcohol on the human system. Too much use of alcohol may reduce the body\u2019s capacity to take up thiamine, leading to a shortage. Sometimes, it may be hereditary. It may also attack babies whose mother\u2019s eating habits are insufficient in thiamine (01). Symptoms of beriberi: General symptoms of\u00a0beriberi\u00a0are as under: \tDifficulty walking \tIrritability \tLethargy \tLoss of appetite \tMuscle damage with loss of muscle function of the lower legs \tAbdominal pain or nausea \tLoss of feeling (sensation) in hands and feet \tMental confusion\/speech difficulties \tEdema (fluid retention) \tPoor concentration \tSevere muscle aches and pains \tVomiting \tStrange eye movements (nystagmus) \tTingling in the limbs Causes of beriberi:- The major cause of suffering from this disease is the shortage of vitamin B1 (thiamine) in eating habits for quite a long time. In exceptional cases due to hereditary syndrome beriberi may crop up which causes incapability to take up vitamin B1 (thiamine) from the foodstuff that is eaten. Risk factors for beriberi:- The risk factors can mainly check to instigate: \t Alcohol abuse\u00a0\u2013 Want sufficient vitamin B1 in the food habits of the people who drink excessively. They require having their blood tests to examine their level of nutrients and supplementation to stop dietetic deficit. \t Baby formula\u00a0\u2013 In the case of babies only nourished by baby formula may get beriberi if it does not include sufficient vitamin B1 (thiamine). \t Extreme dieting\u00a0\u2013 People who are in the habit of excessive food habits which control their food intake may lacking in vitaminB1 and if the same goes on for a long time, beriberi may grow.