METABOLIC ASPECTS OF ACUTE STARVATION IN NORMAL HUMANS. PERFORMANCE AND CARDIOVASCULAR EVALUATION FUNCTION.
Rept. for Oct-Nov 65,
ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH AND NUTRITION LAB DENVER COLO
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Six healthy, adult males between the ages of 21 and 52 years fasted for a period of 10 days with water available ad libitum. Basal oxygen uptakes V O2 in mlminute and mlkg body weightminute were significantly decreased during the fasting period. In submaximal work on the treadmill, V E BTPS and V O2 STPD in mlminute and mlkgminute were significantly decreased during the fasting and rehabilitation periods, indicating a training effect. The maximal oxygen uptakes in mlkgminute were not significantly lowered during the fasting period. Other maximal work measurements V E BTPS, pulse rates and kg meters of workminute were also lower when compared to the control values, again suggesting a training effect. EKGs were significantly abnormal during the fasting phase and considered to reflect a severe stress. One subject developed an abnormal EEG and was immediately removed from the study. Although physical performance was not sifnificantly impaired during a 10 day starvation period, complete fasting without mineral supplementation is not recommended for troops on combat patrol. Author
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