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When left untreated or under-treated, Wernicke's encephalopathy can result in Korsakoff Syndrome, which consists of the long-term effects of Wernicke's and is considered a form of dementia. Together, they are termed Wernicke's-Korsakoff Sydrome.
Wernicke's Korsakoff Syndrome happens when the body doesn't have enough thiamine. You body does not produce any and needs this vital vitamin, B1, from food in order to breakdown carbohydrates into useable fuel for your cells. Your body is only able to store up to 14 days of thiamine.
Historically, Wernicke's has been seen as an "Alcoholic's Disease", when, in fact, more and more cases diagnosed today are related to a thiamine deficiency caused by diet, surgery, HIV, AIDS, and overall lack of nutritional intake of thiamine, or the ability to store and retain enough for your body's daily requirements.
Was a german psychiatrist, physician, and neurologist whose early work involved identification of certain parts of the brain related to actions and functions of your body. One of his many interests was the various forms of encephalopathy that occur. Wernicke was the first to link a lack of thiamine to a devastating encephalopathy.
Did you know the Dr. Wernicke was the first to determine which area of the brain relates to being left or right handed?
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