TABLE 2

Effect of in vivo dexamethasone treatment on body weight, blood glucose, and plasma insulin at 4 weeks after sham or Px

Sham salineSham-DexPx-salinePx-Dex
n3333
Body weight (g)316 ± 18293 ± 20308 ± 7282 ± 13
Blood glucose (mg/dl)103 ± 4109 ± 2168 ± 22*327 ± 33**
Plasma insulin (ng/ml)1.3 ± 0.12.3 ± 0.3*1.6 ± 0.51.3 ± 0.5
  • Data are means ± SE. Body weight, blood glucose, and plasma insulin were measured 48 h after initial administration of dexamethasone (0.4 mg/kg, once daily for 2 consecutive days) or saline.

  • *

    * P < 0.05,

  • P < 0.01 vs. saline-treated sham rats;

  • P < 0.05 vs. saline-treated Px rats. Dex, dexamethasone.