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International Journal of Biometeorology

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 249–257 | Cite as

Effect of phosphate supplementation on oxygen delivery at high altitude

  • S. C. Jain
  • M. V. Singh
  • S. B. Rawal
  • V. M. Sharma
  • H. M. Divekar
  • A. K. Tyagi
  • M. R. Panwar
  • Y. V. Swamy
Article

Abstract

In the present communication, effect of low doses of phosphate supplementation on short-term high altitude adaptation has been examined. Studies were carried out in 36 healthy, male, sea-level residents divided in a double blind fashion into drug and placebo treated groups. 3.2 mmol of phosphate were given orally to each subject of the drug treated group once a day for 4 days on arrival at an altitude of 3,500 m. Sequential studies were done in the subjects in both groups on the 3rd, 7th, 14th and 21st day of their altitude stay. Haemoglobin, haematocrit, erythrocyte and reticulocyte counts increased to the similar extent in both groups. Blood pH, pO2 and adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) did not differ between the two groups. On 3rd day of the altitude stay, inorganic phosphate and 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (2,3 DPG) levels in the drug treated group increased significantly as compared to the placebo group. No significant difference in inorganic phosphate and 2,3 DPG was observed later on in the two groups. Psychological and clinical tests also indicated that the drug treated subjects felt better as compared to the placebo treated subjects. The present study suggests that low doses of phosphate increases circulating 2,3-DPG concentration which in turn brings about beneficial effect towards short term high altitude adaptation.

Keywords

Placebo Adenosine Oxygen Delivery Environmental Medicine Sequential Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. C. Jain
    • 1
  • M. V. Singh
    • 1
  • S. B. Rawal
    • 1
  • V. M. Sharma
    • 1
  • H. M. Divekar
    • 1
  • A. K. Tyagi
    • 1
  • M. R. Panwar
    • 1
  • Y. V. Swamy
    • 2
  1. 1.Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied SciencesDelhi CanttIndia
  2. 2.Naval Science and Technological Lab.VishakapatnamIndia

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