Does diabetes mellitus cause hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels)?

Updated: Jul 23, 2021
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, both type 1 and type 2, is one of the most common causes of hypertriglyceridemia, and it is often severe in patients presenting with ketosis. Patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus are insulin deficient, and lipoprotein lipase is largely ineffective. Control of these patients' diabetes mellitus with insulin will restore lipoprotein lipase function, reducing triglyceride levels and restoring diabetes mellitus control.


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