According to the ATP III guidelines, how should secondary causes of hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels) be managed?

Updated: Dec 19, 2019
  • Author: Mary Ellen T Sweeney, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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When hypertriglyceridemia is diagnosed, secondary causes should be sought out and controlled. If the triglyceride level is below 500 mg/dL, triglyceride-lowering medication may be withheld while secondary causes are managed. For example, lowering a substantially elevated HbA1c may normalize the triglycerides; or at least facilitate their treatment.


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