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What is adipose tissue?

Adipose tissue is composed of the fat cells of the body and is the main storage site of fat or energy in the body.

Is adipose tissue connective tissue?

Yes, adipose is one of the types of connective tissue. Adipose tissue, also known as fatty tissue, is a system of fat cells that are combined in a network or fibers.

Where is adipose tissue found?

Adipose tissue, also known as fatty tissue, can be found in many different parts of the body. The most common/largest source of adipose tissue is found under the skin (also known as subcutaneous fat). Adipose tissue can also be found surrounding internal organs (called visceral fat) and between muscle fibers. Additionally, adipose is found in the breasts and within bone marrow.

What is the function of adipose tissue?

Adipose tissue is a form in which the body stores energy. Excess intake of carbohydrates, dietary fat, and protein can be stored as fat for later use. In addition to storing energy, adipose tissue is important for helping to regulate body temperature by acting as insulation, as well as provide necessary cushioning to protect bones and organs. Adipose tissue is also helpful in producing and secreting certain hormones.

What type of tissue is adipose?

Adipose tissue is considered to be a loose connective tissue. It is composed of primarily fat cells, also known as adipocytes, arranged within a network or fibers.

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Medically reviewed by:

Kristin Ricklefs-Johnson, Ph.D., RD

Kristin is an RDN who also earned her Ph.D. in Nutrition from Arizona State University with an emphasis on insulin resistance, lipid metabolism disorders, and obesity. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Mayo Clinic where she focused on nutrition-related proteomic and metabolic research. Her interests include understanding the exact mechanism of action of various genetic variations underlying individual predispositions to nutrition-related health outcomes. Her goal is to help all individuals prevent chronic diseases and achieve long, healthy lives through eating well.

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