A news item in the journal Diabetes Forecast reported that taking the B vitamin Niacin in addition to statin drugs was a good way to increase the amount of HDL cholesterol (the so-called “good” cholesterol, as opposed to the “bad” or LDL cholesterol) for diabetics who were being treated for high cardiovascular risk.
Higher levels of HDL cholesterol have been linked in a number of studies to lower risk for heart attack, so Niacin appears to be a good way for diabetics to reduce one of the main health challenges of their condition.
Reference: “Vitamin B for your heart,” in Diabetes Forecast, April 2010.
NYBC stocks Niacin in two strengths:
Please read the NYBC entries on these two products for recommendations on how to gradually increase Niacin dosage in order to minimize “flushing” (redness, itchiness) that can be associated with taking Niacin.