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Study Finds Abdominal Fat Not the Prime Cause for Metabolic Syndrome

des in the blood by as much as 60 percent and lowering HDL cholesterol, the good cholesterol by 20 percent.

"What we found is that (insulin) sensitive individuals took the energy from carbohydrate in the meals and stored it away as glycogen in both liver and muscle," Shulman said.

"In contrast to the young, lean, insulin-sensitive subjects, who stored most of their ingested energy as liver and muscle glycogen, the young, lean, insulin-resistant subjects had a marked defect in muscle glycogen synthesis and diverted much more of their ingested carbohydrate into liver fat production, the researchers said.

The study demonstrated that insulin resistance in skeletal muscle, caused by decreased ability of muscle to make glycogen, the stored form of carbohydrate from food energy, can promote an elevated pattern of lipids or fats in the bloodstream that underpins the metabolic syndrome.

Researchers also found that skeletal muscle insulin resistance preceded the development of insulin resistance in liver cells, and that fat production in the liver was increased.

The findings of the study were published in the July issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).


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