A study in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism shows that niacin, one of the B vitamins, can treat most abnormalities in cholesterol associated with diabetes.

Diabetics not only have high blood levels of sugar, they also often have high blood levels of the bad LDL, triglycerides and Lp(a); and low levels of the good HDL cholesterol. In this study, 80 percent of the patients who took the niacin had a lowering of the small, dense LDL particle that cause heart attacks and a raising of blood levels of the exceptionally good, HDL2 that prevents heart attacks. Niacin also lowers blood levels of the bad clotting factor, Lp(a) and the fatty triglycerides, that cause heart attacks. The most important test to measure diabetic control is called HBA1C, and it improved significantly during treatment with niacin. Twenty-one percent of the patients were unable to tolerate niacin. See report #D222.

Niacin treatment of the atherogenic lipid profile and Lp(A) in diabetes. Diabetes Obesity & Metabolism, 2002, Vol 4, Iss 4, pp 255-261. J Pan, M Lin, RL Kesala, J Van, MA Charles. Charles MA, 2492 Walnut Ave, Suite 130, Tustin,CA 92780 USA

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