Dynamics of starvation in humans

Baojun Song, Diana M. Thomas

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Abstract

A differential equation model describing the dynamics of stored energy in the form of fat mass, lean body mass and ketone body mass during prolonged starvation is developed. The parameters of the model are estimated using available data for 7 days into starvation. A simulation of energy stores for a normal individual with body mass index between 19 and 24 and an obese individual with body mass index over 30 are calculated. The length of time the obese subject can survive during prolonged starvation is estimated using the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-43
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Mathematical Biology
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

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Starvation
starvation
body mass index
Body Mass Index
ketone bodies
Ketone Bodies
lean body mass
energy
dynamic models
Fats
Energy
lipids
Human
Model
Differential equation
Simulation

Keywords

  • Differential equations
  • Energy balance
  • Ketone bodies
  • Mathematical model
  • Starvation

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Song, Baojun ; Thomas, Diana M. / Dynamics of starvation in humans. In: Journal of Mathematical Biology. 2007 ; Vol. 54, No. 1. pp. 27-43.
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