The prevalences of diabetes and adult obesity were highly correlated with per capita consumption of niacin, thiamin and riboflavin with a 26- and 10-year lag, respectively (R2 = 0.952, 0.917 and 0.83 for diabetes, respectively, and R2 = 0.964, 0.975 and 0.935 for obesity, respectively). [...] The relationships between the diabetes or obesity prevalence and per capita niacin consumption were´similar both in different age groups and in male and female populations. The prevalence of adult obesity and diabetes was highly correlated with the grain contribution to niacin (R2 = 0.925 and 0.901, respectively), with a 10- and 26-year lag, respectively.These results (especially those referring to the detrimental effect of niacin) confirm test-tube studies conducted by a group of scientists from South Korea earlier this year (Choi. 2010), who found that
NA [nicotinic acid] alters gene expression in insulin-sensitive tissues by various mechanisms. Some of the NA-induced changes in gene expression are discussed as potential mechanisms underlying wanted and unwanted effects of NA treatment.Just anecdotal: My personal perspective on B-vitamins has changed since my overall energy and well being, as well as my physique have largely improved after stopping to take those B-vitamin (over-)loaden mulit-vitamin preparations like Now ADAM, CL Orange Triad, Animal Pak, ON Opti-Men etc. But remember: it is mere speculation that this could in fact be related to their high B-vitamin contents - could be any other constituent, as well.