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What are some ways to simulate high-altitude conditions while training at sea-level?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe answered

Specializes in Travel Medicine

Best very expensive: Elite athletes use methods to fool the body it is training at altitude to stimulate erythropoietin to make more red cells and to increase 2.3-dpg, a chemical that impacts oxygen movement from red blood cells to working muscles. This requires sleeping in oxygen low rooms at night (pumped in nitrogen gas) etc.The mask based system has potential but is not to be used during exercise only at rest.

Answered 2/27/2013



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