Influence of physiological changes of glycaemia on VEPs and visual ERPs

Z Kubová, J Chlubnová, J Szanyi, M Kuba, J Kremlácek
2005 Physiological Research  
Since hypoglycemia is known to influence cognitive functions, we checked whether the physiological changes in glycemia (after fasting or exertion) can explain the rather high intra-individual variability of event-related potentials (ERPs). Besides the ERPs to "change in coherence of a moving pattern" with reaction time (RT) recording, binocular pattern reversal VEPs and motion-onset VEPs (to linear and radial motion) were also examined in 14 healthy subjects prior to and after 24-h fasting that
more » ... r 24-h fasting that decreased glycemia from 5.3 to 3.9 mmol/l on the average. We only found one significant change in the latencies and amplitudes of VEPs and ERPs (with no change of RT). The N160 peak in the motion-onset VEPs to radial (expansive) motion (EM-VEPs) showed a larger amplitude at lower glycemia. For evaluation of the exertion influence, we tested glycemia prior to and after 90 min long exercise -- bicycle ergometry with the load set to 2 W/kg in women and 2.5 W/kg in men (average age-related values for W170/kg index). The changes of glycemia to exertion were, however, less distinct than those to fasting. We conclude that in healthy subjects the glycemia decrease due to 24-h fasting or intensive time-limited exercise never reaches the critical value to change the VEP, ERPs and RTs.
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