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Metabolic Syndrome May Begin in Cells

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Metabolic Syndrome May Begin in Cells

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Metabolic Syndrome May Begin in Cells

Metabolic Syndrome May Begin in Cells

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New studies suggest that problems with cellular mitochondria may play a key role in the disorder known as "metabolic syndrome," which consists of various combinations of high blood pressure, diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity and elevated triglyceride levels. The disorder may affect up to 25 percent of adult Americans. NPR's Joe Palca reports.