lactate paradox

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The observation that for individuals fully acclimatized to high ltitudes, the higher the altitude the lower the peak post-exercise blood lactate levels during a given exercise protocol. This is contrary to what is expected because as altitude increases conditions become more and more oxygen-limiting. The lactate paradox brings with it the functional advantage of quicker recovery from fatigue and avoidance of overactivation of energetically inefficient anaerobic metabolism in low-oxygen environments.

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