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Prior to six months ago I used to take 1,200mg of
Red Yeast Rice twice daily for over three years for my lipid management. My previous numbers were great on the Red Yeast Rice but six months ago during my annual check up my numbers were as fallows.

Total: 134
LDL: 75
HDL: 42
TRIG: 83

After seeing these results my Doctor wanted me to raise my HDL more as he was not confertable of having my HDL just 2 points above the normal range for men. At that time my Doctor slowly worked me up to take 2,000mg of immediate release Niacin at bed time. It was a tough journey working my way up to 2,000mg. Now six months later I hardly flush anymore and it does not bother me. After I reviewed my new tests results with my Doctor today he advised for me to stay the course with Niacin and I will. As for my lab the Niacin had no impact at all for my blood sugar levels nor my liver function and was very pleased about that. I asked my Doctor if long term Niacin usage can cause type 2 diabetes or liver damage and he said, "Absolutely not and there is no correlation with Niacin usage and type 2 diabetes and liver abnormalities". This is all fully quoting my Doctor. My test results today were as fallows.

TOTAL: 155
LDL: 75
HDL: 70
TRIG: 49

I was very pleased to see such a positive result with my HDL and TRIG. Despite working out and eating right for the past three years this is the best lipid profile I have ever had. I am very glad I gave Niacin a try and hope to maintain my numbers in the future.
Hi Arizona.

Great results Arizona. It sounds like you have a good doctor!! First of all I would like to thank you personally for the help you have given me on this forum. It was your doctor's advice to start you on niacin and you telling us about it on this that gave me the incentive to give it a try also. When I started on the niaspan ( 500 then a 1000mg) my doctor said he had no other patients on it. After the 3 months I then went on the 2000mg of regular niaspan and my numbers are almost exactly the same as yours. I hope that this translates into better health for both of us into the future!!

Your numbers were Total 155
Hdl 70
Ldl 75
Trig 49
My numbers were Total 153
Hdl 67.5
Ldl 77
Trig 18

Pretty amazing how close these results are after taking the 2000 mg niacin. I am however still taking 20 mg of Zocor every day. My next visit to the doctor I am going to ask about stopping. I have been told by several doctors that I will be on it for the rest of my life and I find the thought of stopping a little frightening. I have not had any of the numerous side effects that many people encounter but have always been a little concerned about the use of statins. The idea for the moment is to leave well enough alone. Maybe after my next blood results in about 21/2 months will have some better ideas . All good stuff!!!
[QUOTE=jimmydale57;3412720]Hi Arizona.

Great results Arizona. It sounds like you have a good doctor!! First of all I would like to thank you personally for the help you have given me on this forum. It was your doctor's advice to start you on niacin and you telling us about it on this that gave me the incentive to give it a try also. When I started on the niaspan ( 500 then a 1000mg) my doctor said he had no other patients on it. After the 3 months I then went on the 2000mg of regular niaspan and my numbers are almost exactly the same as yours. I hope that this translates into better health for both of us into the future!!

Your numbers were Total 155
Hdl 70
Ldl 75
Trig 49
My numbers were Total 153
Hdl 67.5
Ldl 77
Trig 18

Pretty amazing how close these results are after taking the 2000 mg niacin. I am however still taking 20 mg of Zocor every day. My next visit to the doctor I am going to ask about stopping. I have been told by several doctors that I will be on it for the rest of my life and I find the thought of stopping a little frightening. I have not had any of the numerous side effects that many people encounter but have always been a little concerned about the use of statins. The idea for the moment is to leave well enough alone. Maybe after my next blood results in about 21/2 months will have some better ideas . All good stuff!!![/QUOTE]

Hi jimmydale57,

Thank you very much for your support and encouragement as well. Also I want to thank everyone else on this board who have helped me with the transition to Niacin. It was a tough journey and as mentioned in my previous posts I greatly apprecite everyones support and encouragement and so happy that I found something that works well for me. I honestly was very worried for some time but my Doctor reassured me I would be fine. I still take 2,000mg immediate release all at once at bed time per my Doctor's orders and was advised to stay the course. I hope I can maintain my numbers. Most importantly if it was not for my diet and exercise I could have never achieved the numbers I did. I am happy to be on Niacin and I am very happy that many on this board suggested me to take Niacin and happy my Doctor agreed to put me on it.

I hope that all goes well for your next test. Keep up with the Niacin it seems to be working great for you! Your numbers are very good and happy that you found the right treatment option that works. Keep up the good work! :cool:
Good going Arizona! Gives us hope.

My husband was switched to Niaspan a couple months ago. The Lipitor at 20mgs. was causing too much muscle discomfort.

His numbers after 1 month with 500 Niaspan: (He is still taking 2-600mgs RYR)
T/C - 181
Hdl - 53
Trg - 53
LDL - 118

Our physician upped the Niaspan to 1,000 and with my gentle nudging ;) I encouraged hubby to start on 3 - Omega 3 fatty acids each day..... the doctor backed me up, said I was the "Good Wife.":angel:

He will be having another test in 4 weeks.
[QUOTE=Pat007;3414631]Good going Arizona! Gives us hope.

My husband was switched to Niaspan a couple months ago. The Lipitor at 20mgs. was causing too much muscle discomfort.

His numbers after 1 month with 500 Niaspan: (He is still taking 2-600mgs RYR)
T/C - 181
Hdl - 53
Trg - 53
LDL - 118

Our physician upped the Niaspan to 1,000 and with my gentle nudging ;) I encouraged hubby to start on 3 - Omega 3 fatty acids each day..... the doctor backed me up, said I was the "Good Wife.":angel:

He will be having another test in 4 weeks.[/QUOTE]

Hi Pat007,

Hope that everything works out well for your husband. Yes there is hope! Omega 3 fatty acids are outstanding. I have been taking Omega 3 fish oil daily for the past four years and will not go a day with out it. It offers so much other health benifits as well. Again hope that you and your husband see more positive results. Keep up the good work!
[QUOTE=Arizona77;3414874]Hi Pat007,

Hope that everything works out well for your husband. Yes there is hope! Omega 3 fatty acids are outstanding. I have been taking Omega 3 fish oil daily for the past four years and will not go a day with out it. It offers so much other health benifits as well. Again hope that you and your husband see more positive results. Keep up the good work![/QUOTE]

Hi, Arizona77,

Can you post your [B]BLOOD SUGAR[/B] results when you have your tests done again in June? (I saw that you are having them drawn at that time from another post)


My husband was on 500mg. for one month.

Numbers JAN 2008:
TC- 181
HDL- 53
TRIG 53
LDL- 118
Blood sugar was not on result sheet.

Numbers FEB 2008:
TC- 182
HDL- 51
[B]TRG- 94 [/B]**(higher then in Jan)
LDL- 113
[B]BLOOD SUGAR was 118 [/B]*** (did not have a result last month)

Today the Doc was little concerned over the blood sugar and wants to keep an eye on it as he has never presented any diabectic symptoms before.

He also raised Niaspan to 1,500 mg. and wiil be re-drawn in 1 month in March.
[QUOTE=Pat007;3446844]Hi, Arizona77,

Can you post your [B]BLOOD SUGAR[/B] results when you have your tests done again in June? (I saw that you are having them drawn at that time from another post)


My husband was on 500mg. for one month.

Numbers JAN 2008:
TC- 181
HDL- 53
TRIG 53
LDL- 118
Blood sugar was not on result sheet.

Numbers FEB 2008:
TC- 182
HDL- 51
[B]TRG- 94 [/B]**(higher then in Jan)
LDL- 113
[B]BLOOD SUGAR was 118 [/B]*** (did not have a result last month)

Today the Doc was little concerned over the blood sugar and wants to keep an eye on it as he has never presented any diabectic symptoms before.

He also raised Niaspan to 1,500 mg. and wiil be re-drawn in 1 month in March.[/QUOTE]


Hi Pat007,

Hope that everything works out for your husband. As for Niacin this is all quoting my Doctor,

"There is no correlation between type 2 diabetes and Niacin. Someone that has their blood sugar in the normal range may have their blood sugar go up a few points".

I have been on Niacin for over seven months and my blood sugar did not change at all. August of last year Niacin free my glucose was at 85 and after seven months of Niacin 88. I will definitely let you know how things turn out in June. I am concerned my self and never had blood sugar issues in the past. Also I hope that I can maintain my current numbers. I hope that everything works out! Please keep us posted. My Doctor is closely monitoring me and once I get retested in June I will share my results with everyone. Again all the best!





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