What is prevalence of severe hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels) in the US?

Updated: Dec 19, 2019
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Prevalence of severe hypertriglyceridemia, defined as triglycerides greater than 2000 mg/dL, is estimated to be to be 1.8 cases per 10,000 white adults, with a higher prevalence in patients with diabetes or alcoholism. [14] The most severe form of hypertriglyceridemia, lipoprotein lipase deficiency, occurs in approximately 1 case per 1 million; the frequency of apo C-II deficiency is even lower. The frequency of dysbetalipoproteinemia is less than 5 persons per 5,000 in the overall population. [11]


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