Accession Number:

AD0658070

Title:

EFFECTS OF DIET AND ALTITUDE ON GROWTH AND FOOD INTAKE OF RATS,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ARMY MEDICAL RESEARCH AND NUTRITION LAB DENVER COLO

Report Date:

1967-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

The effects of three diets high-carbohydrate, high-fat and high-protein and two altitudes 11,400 ft. and 14,110 ft. on growth and food consumption of young growing rats were studied. Growth was slightly depressed at 11,400 feet and markedly P0.001 depressed at 14,110 feet. Rats appeared to grow better at both altitudes when fed a high-fat diet. The type of diet, however, is not a major factor affecting growth at high altitude. Food consumption was significantly P0.001 depressed at 11,400 feet but no differences in food utilization were observed. On the other hand, food consumption was decreased P0.05 at 14,110 feet in rats fed a high-protein or high-carbohydrate diet but not in rats fed a high-fat diet. However, food utilization was significantly P0.001 decreased. It appears likely that depressed growth at high altitude can be traced to metabolic derangement resulting from the combined factor of diet and altitude. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE