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Old 01-12-2010, 03:48 AM   #1
Wayne Riddle
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Curious if people here have some feedback on taking Niacin. Doctor wants me to take 1G a day to lower my LDL because I refuse to go on statins. LDL is 214 and I'm really not too concerned as I eat healthy 90% of the time and get a good amount of exercise. My doctor is concerned because I eat healthy and get plenty of exercise.

I want to get a full blood profile test to see what type of LDL is in my blood. If the big fluffy type I'm really not going to worry.

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Old 01-12-2010, 05:33 AM   #2
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Make sure your Vitamin D status is good first, that may help lower your LDL.

This is the niacin I use instead of the prescription garbage: http://www.thorne.com/Products/Vitamins/prd~B113.jsp
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:19 AM   #3
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I take 5000 iu of Vitamin D and 500mg of Niacin per day, it has helped in my blood work that is for sure...
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Dr. Davis of the Heartscan Blog is a big fan of niacin therapy. Here's a list of his posts on niacin, including a "primer" (third post down):

http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Niacin
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:07 PM   #5
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Thanks all, currently taking 10,000 IU's or Vitamin D a day, have been for several months now.
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:13 PM   #6
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Dr. G, can you offer your opinion on the differences and pluses and minuses of nicotinic acid versus inositol hexaniacinate? Heck, anyone is free to offer their opinion. The information that I've read in researching is to go for nicotinic acid based tablets.

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Old 01-12-2010, 04:13 PM   #7
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Wayne,
I probably don't have any more to add than you've found already. IHN has other benefits as well as the lipid effects, which is why I use it.
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