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November 1925

THE CARBOHYDRATE METABOLISM OF THE NORMAL INFANT

Author Affiliations

TORONTO, CANADA
From the Wards and Nutritional Research Laboratories of the Hospital for Sick Children and the Sub-Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto.

Am J Dis Child. 1925;30(5):675-682. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.01920170079008
Abstract

In this paper, the results of our studies on some aspects of the carbohydrate metabolism of normal infants are presented. The infants were as nearly normal as it was possible to obtain in an active pediatric service.

AVERAGE CONCENTRATION OF THE FASTING BLOOD SUGAR  Conflicting values have been reported for the average concentration of the blood sugar in fasting infants. A critical review of the literature shows that one reason for this at least, aside from inherent errors in the methods used or errors in the technic of the investigator, is that a number of the workers did not determine carefully the interval required after a meal for the blood sugar to return to the fasting level. It has been demonstrated by Niemann1 and Rumpf2 that, three hours after a feeding, the blood sugar concentration is frequently above the initial level, while from four

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