Cardiac Mitochondria (IMAGE) University of Iowa Health Care Caption The image shows mitochondria from normal heart (left) and lipid overloaded heart (right). Excess fat results in more numerous, more contorted mitochondria. These misshapen mitochondria do not produce energy as efficiently as normal mitochondria and, thus, lipid overload disrupts the heart's energy-production system and may contribute to the two- to five-fold increased risk of heart failure in people with diabetes. Credit E. Dale Abel Lab, University of Iowa Usage Restrictions Image may be used with appropriate credit for informational and educational purposes only. License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.