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Familial hypertriglyceridaemia and type 2 diabetes in pregnancy: prevention of acute pancreatitis with diet control and omega-3 fatty acids


Acute pancreatitis in pregnancy is rare and can be caused by hypertriglyceridaemia. The management of hypertriglyceridaemia in pregnancy is complex and challenging as many lipid-lowering medications have been found to be unsafe in pregnancy. Patients who present with hypertriglyceridaemia commonly have multiple risk factors such as, diabetes, alcohol excess and hypothyroidism which pose a greater challenge to the management of these patients. We present a case of a 31-year-old woman presenting with familial hypertriglyceridaemia and type 2 diabetes mellitus in her third pregnancy. She had an uneventful pregnancy with the use of omega-3 fatty acids nutritional support, low-fat diet and tight glucose control with insulin and metformin.

  • diabetes
  • lipid disorders
  • diet
  • pregnancy
  • vitamins and supplements

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