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Milk-induced hypertriglyceridaemia and acute pancreatitis after discontinuation of treatment for type 2 diabetes and hyperlipidaemia


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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