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J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1996 Jul;81(7):2550-3.

Gemfibrozil treatment of endogenous hypertriglyceridemia: effect on insulin-mediated glucose disposal and plasma insulin concentrations.

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Department of Medicine, Tri-service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.


Gemfibrozil or placebo was administered for 3 months to 24 individuals with endogenous hypertriglyceridemia and normal glucose tolerance. Mean ( +/- SEM) fasting plasma triglyceride (TG) concentrations decreased (4.01 +/- 0.55 to 1.34 +/- 0.12 mmol/L; P < 0.001) and high density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations increased (0.54 +/- 0.03 to 0.67 +/- 0.04 mmol/L; P < 0.001) in gemfibrozil-treated patients, associated with lower (P < 0.01-0.001) plasma free fatty acid and TG concentrations when measured at hourly intervals in response to breakfast (0800 h) and lunch (1200 h). However, day-long plasma glucose and insulin responses to meals in the 2 groups were similar before and after treatment, as were the steady state plasma glucose and insulin concentrations at the end of a 180-min infusion of somatostatin, insulin, and glucose. Thus, marked decreases in both plasma TG and free fatty acid concentrations seen in association with gemfibrozil neither enhanced insulin-mediated glucose disposal nor lowered ambient plasma insulin concentrations in patients with endogenous hypertriglyceridemia.

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