Ventilatory capacity among highland Bods: a possible adaptive mechanism at high altitude

Authors: Malik, S.L.; Singh, I.P.

Source: Annals of Human Biology, Volume 6, Number 5, Number 5/September/October 1979 , pp. 471-476(6)

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

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Abstract:

Ventilatory capacity (forced vital capacity, forced expiratory volume and maximal voluntary ventilation) among Highland Bods (3514 m altitude) was higher than in an ethnically similar population residing at a lower altitude in Kulu Valley (1500–2200 m). Increased ventilatory capacity appears to have developed among native highlanders as a consequence of a biological response to high altitude. Numerous factors such as low oxygen pressure, increased work-load and minimal air pollution may explain these findings.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03014467900003851

Affiliations: Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, India

Publication date: September 1, 1979

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