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Hormonal responses to daily strenuous walking during 4 successive days.
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PMID:  12436279     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The hormonal response to 4 days' walking exercise (totaling 164 km) was examined among 15 healthy males. We hypothesised that submaximal daily, repeated, prolonged exercise may disturb the balance of the adrenal cortex and pituitary-testicular axis, which could be analysed from the concentrations of serum cortisol and testosterone, and with time-resolved immunofluorometric assay (IFMA) of luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). In the adrenal cortex the increased response to acute exercise could be seen after the 1st day. The concentration of testosterone was reduced after the first two exercise sessions and a plateau was reached after the 3rd day of walking. LH decreased during the 2nd and 3rd day by 31% (P = 0.04 and 0.001, respectively) and remained steady on the 4th day. In FSH the suppression was seen all the time after the second exercise session and before the final walk it was reduced by 19% (P = 0.02) compared with the baseline. The acute response of the adrenal cortex and pituitary-gonadal axis (excluding secretion of FSH) disappeared within 4 days of repeated prolonged walking and no dramatic lasting changes occurred despite this major 4-day effort. However, when using the sensitive IFMA, which can detect low concentrations of gonadotropins, secretion of FSH was seen to remain reduced and no stability was seen.
Ilkka Väänänen; Tommi Vasankari; Matti Mäntysaari; Veikko Vihko
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2002-08-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of applied physiology     Volume:  88     ISSN:  1439-6319     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Appl. Physiol.     Publication Date:  2002 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-11-18     Completed Date:  2003-06-13     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100954790     Medline TA:  Eur J Appl Physiol     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  122-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
LIKES-Research Center, Jyväskylä, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Blood Proteins / analysis
Body Weight
Follicle Stimulating Hormone / blood*
Hydrocortisone / blood*
Luteinizing Hormone / blood*
Testosterone / blood*
Time Factors
Walking / physiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Blood Proteins; 50-23-7/Hydrocortisone; 58-22-0/Testosterone; 9002-67-9/Luteinizing Hormone; 9002-68-0/Follicle Stimulating Hormone

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