JACK H. MENDELSON, M.D.; NANCY K. MELLO, PH.D.
The relation: between alcohol abuse and cardiac, pancreatic, and hepatic disease are still an enduring enigma in biomedical science. Two recent findings suggest that alcohol induces elevations in triglyceride levels that may in turn contribute to cardiac and gastrointestinal disorders in those individuals with a type IV hyperlipidemia (1, 2). The heuristic value of these findings is obvious in view of the high mortality associated with cardiac disease and the numerous medical complications of chronic alcohol abuse.
Ginsberg and associates (2) report, on pages 143-149 of this issue, that even relatively small amounts of alcohol may increase plasma triglyceride levels
MENDELSON JH, MELLO NK. Significance of Alcohol-Induced Hypertriglyceridemia in Patients with Type IV Hyperlipoproteinemia. Ann Intern Med. ;80:270–271. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-80-2-270
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(2):270-271.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Dyslipidemia.
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