By msann Latest Reply 2010-03-22 09:44:40 -0500
Started 2010-02-28 00:42:43 -0600

any of you take niacin to help control your cholestrol, i am diabetic,

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GabbyPA 2010-03-22 09:44:40 -0500 Report

Because my doctor first prescribed a med I could not afford, I spoke with my pharmacist about niacin. It can raise your sugar levels if you are not careful and you should take it separate from all other cholesterol meds. I found a time released 250 pill once a day has worked well for me. I cannot take more, it raised my levels too much. I also did not have a big problem with my cholesterol, so I did not need to be on any high dose statins of any kind. So you really need to discuss it with your doctor and pharmacist. I have found that my pharmacist is one of my most valuable allys in my prescription world.

Kirla 2010-02-28 10:11:56 -0600 Report

I have found that, my diet I eat to control my blood sugar has gotten ride of my blood pressure and cholesterol problems as well. When diagnosed I decided to concentrate on lowing my blood sugar first. I felt it was doing me the worst damage. I figured once I got my blood sugar under control I would start on the others.

Once I got my blood sugar numbers down, I found out I didn’t have to worry about the blood pressure and cholesterol anymore. I found that the things I did to control my blood sugar were also the same thing that are recommended to control blood pressure and cholesterol. I kind of killed three birds with one stone.

I still check my blood pressure at least 3 times a day and I purchased a cholesterol meter to test my cholesterol at home. I try and test total cholesterol one a month and once every three months I test Triglycerides, HDL and calculate LDL. Since last April they are all doing great. I don’t have to take any meds anymore. Life is good.

This is how I control my blood sugar and everything else. Click on the link.

sweething 2010-02-28 06:58:03 -0600 Report

Why don't you see what your doctor thinks about the idea? Other cholesterol medications can be quite expensive. Good luck.

MAYS 2010-02-28 01:21:05 -0600 Report

Have you viewed the pros and cons associated with taking large doses of vitamin B-3 (niacin) to help lower your cholesterol, especially for diabetics ?

Check out the information and links on this subject matter :

Cholesterol lowering with niacin: Niacin or nicotinic acid, one of the water-soluble B vitamins, improves all lipoproteins when given in doses well above the vitamin requirement. Nicotinic acid lowers the total cholesterol, "bad" LDL-cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, while raising the "good" HDL-cholesterol level.

There are two types of nicotinic acid: immediate release and timed release. Most experts recommend starting with the immediate-release form; discuss with your doctor which type is best for you.

Nicotinic acid is inexpensive and widely accessible to patients without a prescription but must not be used for cholesterol lowering without the monitoring of a physician because of the potential side effects. (Nicotinamide, another form of the vitamin niacin, does not lower cholesterol levels and should not be used in the place of nicotinic acid.)

Three other major adverse effects include liver problems, gout, and high blood sugar. Risk of these three complications increases as the dose of nicotinic acid is increased. Your doctor will probably not prescribe this medicine for you if you have diabetes, because of the effect on your blood sugar.