Role of Carbohydrates in Energy Balance of Prematurely and Term Born Rats

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This study shows that during the early neonatal period the fuel consumption and the energy production is relatively low. This could be related to a slow operating Kreb's cycle. This, in turn, could be a protective mechanism of the organs that allows them to get through the hypoxic phase of birth without damage and explains the greater resistance of the newborn to hypoxia.

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