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Milk-induced hypertriglyceridaemia and acute pancreatitis after discontinuation of treatment for type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidaemia
  1. Neel Gautam Jain and
  2. Anya Hargreaves
  1. Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Neel Gautam Jain, neel.jain{at}


A 39-year-old man with a background of type 2 diabetes mellitus presented with extreme hypertriglyceridaemia (114.4 mmol/L) and acute pancreatitis, attributed to excessive dairy intake. At his peak, he was drinking up to 6 pints of full fat milk a day. He was treated with an insulin regimen and was counselled on the danger his diet posed to his health. He recovered well, but this case highlights the impact that dietary and lifestyle factors can have on health, sometimes with life-threatening results.

  • lipid disorders
  • pancreatitis
  • diabetes
  • diet

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  • NGJ and AH contributed equally.

  • Contributors NGJ and AH both were involved in the care of this patient and contributed to writing the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.