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Video Blog on Measuring Metabolism: Step Inside a Respiration Chamber!

>> Saturday, December 4, 2010

In this video blog, Dr Sue takes you right inside the respiration chambers at the Department of Human Nutrition, University of Copenhagen, which are used to measure metabolism in a research setting.

By simply measuring oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide output, and nitrogen production over a 24 hour period, we can measure exactly how many calories a person burns over 24 hours, and how much of that calorie burn comes from protein vs fat vs carbohydrates as the fuel source.

These chambers are currently being used in a study of gastric bypass surgery patients that Dr Sue is involved in, as well as study of the effects of sleep deprivation on metabolism in kids.

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