Sex-Related Difference in Muscle Deoxygenation Responses Between Aerobic Capacity-Matched Elderly Men and Women

  • Shun TakagiEmail author
  • Ryotaro Kime
  • Masatsugu Niwayama
  • Takuya Osada
  • Norio Murase
  • Shizuo Sakamoto
  • Toshihito Katsumura
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 876)


Muscle O2 dynamics during ramp cycling exercise were compared between aerobic capacity-matched elderly men (n = 8, age 65 ± 2 years) and women (n = 8, age 66 ± 3 years). Muscle O2 saturation (SmO2) and relative change in deoxygenated (Δdeoxy-Hb) and total hemoglobin concentration (Δtotal-Hb) were monitored continuously during exercise in the vastus lateralis (VL) and gastrocnemius medialis (GM) by near infrared spatial resolved spectroscopy. SmO2 was significantly higher during exercise in women than in men in VL, but not in GM. In VL, Δdeoxy-Hb and Δtotal-Hb were significantly higher in men than in women, especially during high intensity exercise. However, no significant difference was observed in Δdeoxy-Hb or Δtotal-Hb in GM. Sex-related differences in muscle deoxygenation response may be heterogeneous among leg muscles in elderly subjects.


Aging Cycling exercise Muscle oxygen dynamics Near infrared spectroscopy Regional difference 



The authors are grateful for revision of this manuscript by Andrea Hope. This study was supported in part by Grant-in-Aid for scientific research from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (246298) to S.T.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shun Takagi
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ryotaro Kime
    • 2
  • Masatsugu Niwayama
    • 3
  • Takuya Osada
    • 2
  • Norio Murase
    • 2
  • Shizuo Sakamoto
    • 1
  • Toshihito Katsumura
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Sport SciencesWaseda UniversityTokorozawaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Sports Medicine for Health PromotionTokyo Medical UniversityShinjukuJapan
  3. 3.Department of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringShizuoka UniversityHamamatsuJapan

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