Insufficient maternal protein intake may contribute to changes in carbohydrate metabolism and subsequent diabetes mellitus in adult mammalian progeny. Here, female rats (a model of mammalian metabolism) were fed throughout pregnancy and lactation with otherwise-complete isocaloric diets sufficient (20% whey protein, control (C)) or insufficient (5% whey protein, low-protein (LP)) in protein. From weaning, all offspring ate diet C. Weight gain of LP mothers during gestation was less than C mothers (C: 117 g vs. LP: 78 g, SED = 9, P
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 66, Napier, 77-82, 2006
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