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Connections: Understanding metabolic syndrome


Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that can lead to chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and more. Researchers say it can sometimes be reversed with lifestyle changes.

We talk about metabolic syndrome with the experts and a patient. Our guests:

  • Lynda Powell, Charles J. and Margaret Roberts Professor of Preventive Medicine, and chairperson of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Rush Medical College in Chicago 
  • Barbara Lohse, professor of health sciences and head of the Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition, and director of the NEEDSs Center at RIT
  • Pamela Rhode, patient who successfully reversed her metabolic syndrome through lifestyle changes

If you would like to learn more about the ELM study discussed on this program, please click here or email

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.