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How are fats used in the human body?

The following lists how fats are used in the human body:


Specific structures

Cell structure

Cell membranes use phospholipids and cholesterol for membrane structure and stability

Energy storage

Triglycerides stored in adipose tissue


Protects body from changes in outer temperatures; promotes signal conduction in the nervous system (similar to electrical wire insulation)


Steroid hormones; HDL and LDL carry cholesterol through bloodstream


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