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Niacin and blood sugar or diabetes?

Niacin and blood sugar or diabetes?

Increase blood sugar: Increase blood sugars is a side effect seen with niacin.( a dose-related effect). Close blood glucose monitoring is advised for diabetics/ potentially diabetic patients during treatment with niacin; adjustment of diet and/or antidiabetic therapy may be necessary. See your physician for evaluation and care.

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Does long term niacin supplementation cause type 2 diabetes?

Does long term niacin supplementation cause type 2 diabetes?

No: Niacin is usually given to people with high tg and low hdl. These patients often have metabolic syndrome which includes Insulin resistance and lead to manifest dm. However it is an association rather than causation.

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65 yr old active male. No diabetes strong family history cad. Total chol 203 trigl 70 HDL 67 LDL 122. Bp 125-135/80 6'0 165 lbs.Take 500mg niacin 2/day what is my target ldl? Replace niacin w/statins?

65 yr old active male. No diabetes strong family history cad. Total chol 203 trigl 70 HDL 67 LDL 122. Bp 125-135/80 6'0 165 lbs.Take 500mg niacin 2/day
what is my target ldl?
Replace niacin w/statins?

Depends: Niacin is not first line and recently has received "thumbs down" in reports. If your doctor feels that he should be on something a statin is the way to go. You might consider a coronary calcium cat scan, if you can afford it if your insurance will not cover it.

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Hi, I have hi cholesterol, diabetes, and erectile dysfunction, i take simvastatin and insulin is it bad if i take niacin to increase my hdl.?

No: Otc Niacin can cause mild increase in sugar- not significant in someone already on insulin. Best form to take is prescription Niaspan (niacin) which after 3 months has no significant increase in sugars. Safe to take either with simvastatin.

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What is niaspan (niacin) prescribed for?

What is niaspan (niacin) prescribed for?

Niacin.: Supplementing with 2000-3000mg of flush free Niacin daily can help to control your cholesterol levels quite nicely, even increasing your HDL and converting your LDL to a less harmful subtype. As a negative, Niacin can cause facial flushing and redness so get the flush free variety. And have your liver enzyme values monitored, as they can be affected by Niacin use. NiaSpan (niacin) is prescription Niacin

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What are the pros and cons of taking niacin?

Pros:: May lower your triglycerides and/or raise your HDL. Cons: side effects including flossing/heat sensation. Limited to no data on improving outcomes. (may make your labs look better on paper, but not reduce your risk on MI or stroke)

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What're the dangers of taking niaspan (niacin)?

Hard to say: Many people get flushing, which is a minor side effect. Some people get an increase in HDL (good cholesterol) but the value of this change with Niacin has recently been challenged by the aim-high study.

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Niacin and cholesterol?

Niacin and cholesterol?

Stick with Rx. Forms: Niacin, a b vitamin, in high doses (1-2) grams a day has a positive impact on the lipid profile. Early studies done with Niacin in men with heart disease showed no mortality benefit but secondary outcomes reduced recurrent mi. It has been shown to reduce plaque buildup when combined with bile acid binding resins. Recent studies in well treated patients have been neutral, with side effect concerns.

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Does niacin help you grow taller?

Not really: This vitamin has value in your overall health, but supplements would not add height to anyone.

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Can niacin pills remove THC from body?

Can niacin pills remove THC from body?

No: They will make you flush, but they don;t remove anything from the body, let alone thc. If you are being tested, and you continue to smoke marijuana, then you need to recognize that it is causing you problems and you have a drug abuse issue. Get help stopping if you need it.

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Will niacin help you pass your drug test?

?: The Niacin that you take when you don't take drugs.

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Does slo niacin help with menier's disease?

No: Niacin is not considered to be a standard treatment for meniere's. However, there are some patients that report improvement.

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Does none flsh niacin flush sytem from thc?

Huh? : You seem to ask if Niacin clears delta-9-tetrahydocannibinol (thc, a marijuana molecule) from the blood. This is probably an urban myth. Not to my knowledge.

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Can niacin really help children grow taller?

Maybe: If they have a Niacin deficiency from poor diet, it could allow a kid to reach their potential height.It will not push a kid past where they would grow normally with a balanced diet.

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What are the side effects of niaspan (niacin)?

Some side effects: All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.Diarrhea; dizziness; headache; heartburn; increased cough, indigestion, or upset stomach; nausea; temporary skin redness, itching, tingling, or feelings of warmth (flushing); vomiting.

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What are the risks of taking niaspan (niacin)?

A few risks to note: can cause sugars to go up, flushing, high enough doses can affect the liver(especially when added to a statin), limited data on benefit. In other words the total cholesterol and the LDLs should be the focus of treatment. No mortality reductions with niaspan (niacin) or the fibrate group of drugs.

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Hello doctors, what does niacin do for your body?

Niacin: It is vitamin b3- very essential for human body. Deficuiency causes pellagra. For more details refer to the following website: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/niacin.

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