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Nicotinic acid may cut CVD

Nicotinic acid has the potential to lower cardiovascular risk in patients with type 2 diabetes by raising levels of HDL cholesterol, a new study concludes.

The Heart audit successfully raised levels of HDL cholesterol in more than half the 50 patients initiated on treatment, with substantial effects on cardiovascular risk scores.

Among those who responded to treatment, the UKPDS risk score fell from 27.9 to 22.5, reported the researchers, from the Diabetes Centre at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton.

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