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Frequently elevated blood pressure is a risk factor associated with metabolic syndrome. Angiotensinogen secreted by adipocytes (fat cells) is one cause of hypertension. Increased non-esterified free fatty acid (NEFA) released from breakdown of triglycerides in adipose tissue elevates blood pressure.