Seasonal changes in metabolic and temperature responses to cold air in humans

A.M.J. Ooijen, van, W. Marken Lichtenbelt, van, A.A. Steenhoven, van, K.R. Westerterp

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Abstract

The metabolic and temperature response to mild cold were investigated in summer and winter in a moderate oceanic climate. Subjects were 10 women and 10 men, aged 19–36 years and BMI 17–32 kg/m2. Metabolic rate (MR) and body temperatures were measured continuously in a climate chamber with an ambient temperature of 22 °C for 1 h and subsequently 3 h of 15 °C. The average metabolic response during cold exposure, measured as the increase in kJ/min over time, was significantly higher in winter (11.5%) compared to summer (7.0%, P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-553
Number of pages9
JournalPhysiology & Behavior
Volume82
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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