What is the relationship between hypertriglyceridemia and hemochromatosis?

Updated: Apr 03, 2017
  • Author: Andrea Duchini, MD; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Elevated iron storage is related to the development of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and obesity, which are themselves associated with hypertriglyceridemia. When Solanas-Barca et al investigated whether HFE mutations that cause hereditary hemochromatosis can be linked to the development of primary hypertriglyceridemia, the investigators these mutations may be important factors in the development of several primary hypertriglyceridemia phenotypes. [31]

Furthermore, in the hypertriglyceridemia group, the genetic predisposition to hereditary hemochromatosis was 5.9 and 4.4 times greater than in subjects who were normolipidemic and in those with familial hypercholesterolemia, respectively. [31] Moreover, 16.8% of persons (35 cases) in the hypertriglyceridemia group had iron overload, compared with 6.5% of individuals (14 cases) who were normolipidemic and 5.6% of patients (9 cases) with familial hypercholesterolemia. [31]

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