The Brain Hypometabolism Hypothesis: Part 9 – Cerebral Metabolic Rate of Glucose


In their 2011 paper, Cunnane and colleagues review the literature on brain glucose metabolism studies in Alzheimer’s Type Dementia.

One of the key concepts in understanding brain glucose metabolism is the cerebral metabolic rate of glucose. This was calculated by comparing the glucose content of cerebral arterial and cerebral venous blood. When this difference is calculated it can be combined with the cerebral blood flow values to estimate the rate of glucose metabolism by the brain.

The value given in the article is

6–7 mg/100 g/min

or approximately

31 μmol/100 g/min

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