In starved newborn rats an increase in glucose turnover rate was observed 4 and 6h after birth, but a dramatic fall occurred at 16h. In suckling newborn rats, no decrease in glucose turnover rate was observed at 16h. The metabolic clearance of glucose did not change in fed or starved animals. The results are discussed in relation to metabolic adaptation to extra-uterine life.
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