Aims: The purpose of this aricle is to discuss the use of niacin to reduce cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes. Methods and Results: Five common misconceptions regarding the use of niacin are discussed and practical suggestions to decrease flushing with niacin are outlined. Evidence that combining niacin with statin therapy is presented. Conclusions: That simultaneous lowering of LDL-cholesterol with statins and raising HDL-cholesterol with niacin is a rational and effective strategy for preventing cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes.
- Nicotinic acid
- Type 2 diabetes
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine