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Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1997 Sep 20;827:561-7.

The effect of hyperlipidemia on serum fatty acid composition in type 2 diabetics.

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Institute of Experimental Endocrinology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak Republic.


Fatty acid (FA) profiles of total serum lipids were determined by capillary gas chromatography in Type 2 diabetic patients (NIDDM) with diverse types of hyperlipidemia. In patients with hypertriglyceridemia (DM-HTG) and combined hypertriglyceridemia and hypercholesterolemia (DM-HLP), a significantly different total FA composition was found compared with healthy controls or diabetics with normal serum lipids. In particular, the proportions of saturated and monounsaturated FA were increased and the proportions of n-6 polyunsaturated FA were decreased. In DM-HLP patients, PUFA n-6 metabolites and C20-C22 PUFA were also decreased. Thus, hyperlipidemia shifts significantly the serum FA composition in NIDDM patients into an atherogenic profile. More study is needed, however, to understand if serum FA changes may contribute to the increased atherogenesis commonly found in these patients.

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