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What are lipids? what do they do in the body?

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Dr. R. Kannan Mutharasan
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 19 years experience
Fats: Lipids are fats, and they do lots of things in the body: they serve as energy storage, make up the lining of our cells, and serve as signaling molecules in the body.

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Where are lipids digested in the body?

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Dr. Sameer Azhak
Cardiology 20 years experience
Small intestine: Lipids are digested in the small intestine and absorbed with the assistance of bile which acts as an emulsifier, pancreas secretes lipase to breakdown some lipids and the small intestinal lining have enzymes at the "brush border" and certain shorter length fats can be absorbed directly in the intestines. Fats are then repackaged in the liver after digestion.

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