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Knowing Numbers Keeps Patients on Track

Received a phone call from someone I know. Has not yet come in for a visit. Just called to see if she qualified to come in for a visit. Woman, 68 years of age, denies history of diabetes, hypertension or other health problems, except being overweight. She stated, “Last year my weight was up. I went on a diet because my triglycerides were high, in the 600’s, but they came down to 140’s when I lost 30 pounds last year. I think I gained back about 10 pounds so that would be about 155 pounds now.” I asked her if she’s weighed herself. She said, no, not since I got off the program, but when I was on the program, I weighed daily. You know, I had holidays, travel, I was with a group, paid for the food, so ate what they all ate, then I just couldn’t get back on track.”

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International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus, 4th Ed., Excerpt #94: Lipid and Lipoprotein Metabolism, Hypolipidemic Agents, and Therapeutic Goals Part 6

Nicotinic acid (niacin) has been used for more than 50 years to lower LDL-C and TGs, and increase the level of HDL-C. Indeed, niacin is the most potent HDL-C-raising pharmacologic agent available. Of note, we still, at this late time in the life of niacin, do not have definitive evidence regarding its mechanism(s) at the molecular level.

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