Glucose feedings and exercise in rats: glycogen use, hormone responses, and performance.


Journal Article

This study compared the effects of glucose feeding and water on endurance performance, glycogen utilization, and endocrine responses to exhaustive running in rats. Forty-eight trained rats ran at approximately 70% peak O2 consumption (VO2) while receiving, via gavage, 1 ml of an 18% glucose solution or water every 30 min. Glucose- (GF) and water-fed rats (WF) were pair matched and killed at rest, at 25 or 50% of their previously determined run time to exhaustion, or at exhaustion. Run times to exhaustion were 4.6 +/- 1.0 and 3.0 +/- 0.9 h in GF and WF rats, respectively. In WF rats, plasma glucose declined continuously from a resting value of 7.4 +/- 0.5 to 1.8 +/- 0.5 mM at exhaustion and was lower than in GF rats at all exercise time points. In GF rats, glucose was maintained at 7.4 +/- 0.5 mM for 3 h before dropping to 3.9 +/- 0.6 mM at exhaustion. In both groups, liver and muscle glycogen decreased dramatically during the 1st h and changed only slightly thereafter. During the 3rd h, glycogen levels were maintained in GF rats but continued to decrease in WF rats (P less than 0.05). Insulin decreased during exercise and was not significantly different between groups. Glucagon, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and corticosterone increased to a greater extent in WF than in GF rats during the first 3 h of exercise.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Slentz, CA; Davis, JM; Settles, DL; Pate, RR; Settles, SJ

Published Date

  • September 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 989 - 994

PubMed ID

  • 2246186

Pubmed Central ID

  • 2246186

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 8750-7587

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1152/jappl.1990.69.3.989


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States