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Lipase breaks down stored fat in the body.
The digestion of fat or oil has not been adequately investigated, but its decomposition in germinating seeds has been found to be due to an enzyme, which has been called lipase.
Bile also emulsifies fats, giving a larger surface area for the action of lipase.
In acute pancreatitis, elevated amylase levels usually parallel levels of another enzyme called lipase.
One caveat, tho, is that lipoprotein lipase and HDL production are probably subject to genetic control.