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Fat Cells are not Just Dormant Storage Depots for Calories

Scientists have discovered new evidence that the fat tissue is much more than a dormant storage depot for surplus calories. In fact, your body fat is an active organ that sends chemical signals to other parts of your body.

Researchers have recently uncovered 20 new hormones and other substances not previously known to be secreted into the blood by human fat cells, and proof that fat secretes dozens of hormones and other chemical messengers.

According to Eurekalert:

“Many people once thought that fat cells were inert storage depots for surplus calories. But studies have established that fat cells can secrete certain hormones and other substances much like other organs in the body. Among those hormones is leptin, which controls appetite, and adiponectin, which makes the body more sensitive to insulin and controls blood sugar levels.”

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