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The Effect of Exercise Intensity on Subsequent Gastric Emptying Rate in Humans.

Evans, GH and Watson, P and Shirreffs, SM and Maughan, RJ (2015) The Effect of Exercise Intensity on Subsequent Gastric Emptying Rate in Humans. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, 26.

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Abstract

Previous investigations have suggested that exercise at intensities greater than 70% VO2max reduces gastric emptying rate during exercise, but little is known about the effect of exercise intensity on gastric emptying in the post-exercise period. To examine this, eight healthy subjects completed three experimental trials that included 30 minutes of rest (R), low intensity (L; 33% of peak power output) or high intensity (H; 10 x 1 min at peak power output followed by 2 min rest) exercise. 30 minutes after completion of exercise, participants ingested 595 mL of a 5% glucose solution and gastric emptying rate was assessed via the double sampling gastric aspiration method for 60 minutes. No differences (P > 0.05) were observed in emptying characteristics for total stomach volume or test meal volume between the trials and the quantity of glucose delivered to the intestine was not different between trials (P > 0.05). Half emptying times (Thalf) were not different (P = 0.902) between trials and amounted to (mean ± SD) 22 ± 9, 22 ± 9 and 22 ± 7 minutes during trial R, L and H respectively. These results suggest that exercise has little effect on post-exercise gastric emptying rate of a glucose solution.

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