Progressive alterations in lipid and glucose metabolism during short-term fasting in young adult men

S. Klein, Y. Sakurai, J. A. Romijn, R. M. Carroll

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    Abstract

    Stable isotope tracers and indirect calorimetry were used to evaluate the progressive alterations in lipid and glucose metabolism after 12, 18, 24, 30, 42, 54, and 72 h of fasting in six healthy male volunteers. The rates of appearance (R(a)) of glycerol and palmitic acid in plasma doubled from 2.08 ± 0.22 and 1.63 ± 0.20 μmol · kg-1 · min-1, respectively, after 12 h to 4.36 ± 0.36 and 3.26 ± 0.40 μmol · kg-1 · min-1, respectively, after 72 h of fasting (P < 0.01). Of the total increase in lipid kinetics, 60% occurred between 12 and 24 h of fasting; the greatest interval change occurred between 18 and 24 h of fasting. Glucose R(a) and plasma concentration decreased by ~25% between 12 h (11.0 ± 0.4 μmol · kg-1 · min-1 and 5.58 ± 0.08 mmol/l, respectively) and 72 h (8.3 ± 0.3 μmol · kg-1 · min-1 and 4.14 ± 0.10 mmol/l, respectively) of fasting (P < 0.01), but no statistically significant changes occurred between 18 and 24 h of fasting. Plasma insulin decreased by ~50% between 12 h (64.6 ± 12.9 pmol/l) and 72 h (30.1 ± 7.9 pmol/l) of fasting (P < 0.001). Of the total decline in plasma insulin, 70% occurred within the first 24 h of fasting. These results demonstrate that the mobilization of adipose tissue triglycerides increases markedly between 18 and 24 h of fasting in young adult men. The early alterations in lipid metabolism are associated with a decline in circulating insulin but do not seem to be regulated by changes in glucose kinetics or plasma glucose concentrations.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)E801-E806
    JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism
    Volume265
    Issue number5 28-5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1993

    Keywords

    • fatty acids
    • glycerol
    • palmitic acid
    • stable isotopes
    • starvation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Medicine

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