If you’re distressed about your big belly–which seems to be the place we gain weight the most as we get older–you can now be reassured. A fatty membrane in the belly called the omentum has until recently been considered somewhat like the appendix–it didn’t seem to serve much purpose. But researchers have found that the omentum appears to play an important role in regulating the immune system. The omentum is a membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and covers most abdominal organs. It is a repository for fat tissue.

Researcher Makio Iwashima says, "We now have evidence that the omentum is not just fat sitting in the belly." Mouse studies show that the omentum appears to play a critical role in regenerating damaged tissues, because it contains stem cells that migrate to the site of an injury and help regenerate tissue. These stem cells have the ability to develop into various types of specialized cells.

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