Top
10
Doctor insights on: Niacin And Diabetes

Share
1

1
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. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
3,207 doctors shared insights

Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


2

2
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. ...Read more

4

4
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. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
5

5
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. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
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 ...Read more

8

8
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) ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
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. ...Read more

10

10
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. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Oscar Novick
191 doctors shared insights

Niaspan (Definition)

Niaspan is a cholesterol/lipid lowering agent which is a ...Read more


Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
167 doctors shared insights

Niacor (Definition)

Niacor is a cholesterol/lipid lowering agent which is a ...Read more