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Definition - What does lipase mean?

Lipase is an enzyme produced in the pancreas that facilitates digestion of fat-soluble food in the intestines for absorption and conversion into energy. Biochemical proteins called amylase and protease work in conjunction with the gallbladder to assist lipase in dissolving fats such as triglycerides into their basic molecular form in order to regulate metabolic processes. The digestive system relies on lipase to perform the chemical breakdown and assimilation of necessary minerals and vitamins to maintain optimal health.

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Several factors can contribute to the autonomous production of lipase and its capacity to dissolve fats including nutrition, physical exertion, and/or digestive conditions. Lipase imbalances can be attributed to celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, or pancreatitis, disrupting biomechanical activity in the intestines. While lipase levels can fluctuate, a deficiency of lipase can result in elevated cholesterol and fats in the blood making people susceptible to developing major health issues including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

In the workplace, evidence suggests that sedentary positions interfere with lipase distribution throughout the body. Ergonomic measures have been introduced to replace extended periods of sitting with innovative workstations where employees are able to stand. Although this method is viewed by some individuals as a preferable alternative to sitting at desks, research indicates that prolonged standing can incur musculoskeletal disorders, for example, carpal tunnel syndrome.

Lipase is a natural enzyme the body requires for the decomposition of primary fats, bolstering homeostasis. Enzyme supplements and proper nutrition can compensate for a low lipase count, which can fall between an average range of 0 to 160 units per liter (U/L) according to baseline standards.

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