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News Physiol Sci. 2001 Jun;16:134-7.

Energy and water balance at high altitude.

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  • 1Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands.


Many studies have shown that subjects lose significant amounts of body mass, fat mass as well as fat-free mass, during a climb to and/or a stay at high altitude. Altitude-induced weight loss is mainly caused by malnutrition due to hypoxia-related satiety, independent of acute mountain sickness.

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