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    The effect of an eucaloric high carbohydrate diet on circulating levels of glucose, fructose and non-esterified fatty acids in patients with cirrhosis.


    Avgerinos A, Harry D, Bousboulas S, et al. 


    J Hepatol 1992 Jan; 14(1) :78-87.


    Twelve cirrhotic patients and six controls were fed an eucaloric high carbohydrate (CHO) diet for 3 days. Fasting serum triglyceride (TG), non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA), glucose, insulin and glycerol were estimated daily. On the 3rd day of the study we measured NEFA, glucose, insulin, and fructose every 45 min from 07:45 h until 19:45 h, and then every 4 h until 07:45 h the next day. The patients were divided into two groups of six on the basis of plasma lecithin-cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) activity: group A cirrhotics (with good liver function--LCAT activity: 40.6-65.7; mean 48.5), and group B (poor liver function--LCAT: 23.7-32.3; mean 27.4). On the high CHO diet there was an increase in the fasting serum TG with a peak after 2 or 3 days. The increase in serum TG in controls was greater (p less than 0.01) than in either group of cirrhotics. In the controls and in group A most of the extra TG was carried in VLDL; in group B only 39% of the TG increment was found in VLDL. Fasting NEFA fell with 3 days of CHO feeding in the control group (p less than 0.01); they were unchanged in group A, and rose in group B to a significantly higher level than in controls (p less than 0.01). During day 3 when a high CHO diet was fed plasma NEFA levels fell in cirrhotics, and for most of the day the mean NEFA concentration in group B patients was significantly (p less than 0.05) lower than in normals. On day 3 glucose and fructose levels rose after each meal--much more in cirrhotics than in controls (and more in group B than in group A), and for most of the day they were significantly higher in group B patients as compared to the controls (glucose p less than 0.01, fructose p less than 0.001). Our results supported the hypothesis that plasma NEFA would be lower following high CHO meals in cirrhotics than in controls. This suggests that a high NEFA utilisation, which occurs in fasting cirrhotics, is not present throughout the day. Following a CHO meal, we suggest that tissues derive energy directly from the dietary sugars which are present in high concentration during the period of absorption and that this reduces the post prandial requirement for NEFA.


    Aged, 80 and over
    Blood Glucose
    Body Weight
    Cholesterol Esters
    Dietary Carbohydrates
    Fatty Acids, Nonesterified
    Liver Cirrhosis
    Middle Aged
    Phosphatidylcholine-Sterol O-Acyltransferase



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