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Adipose tissue

Fat is an insulator for the vital organs visceral fat

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Unformatted text preview: fat good for? • Fat is an insulator for the vital organs (visceral fat). • Fat keeps infants warm (brown fat). • Subcutaneous fat keeps us warm. • Fat acts as a reservoir of calories to be used in extreme, prolonged exertion, during short famines and to support pregnancy and lactation. Sexual dimorphism in fat patterning patterning • Female fat patterns begin to emerge after adrenarche. • As estrogen levels rise in females around puberty (menarche), fat is deposited on the belly, hips and thighs. • Without high levels of estrogen, fat is deposited around the wa...
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