Exercise capacity and biochemical profile during exercise in patients with glycogen storage disease type I

J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2005 May;90(5):2675-80. doi: 10.1210/jc.2004-0890. Epub 2005 Jan 25.


Glycogen storage disease type I (GSD-I) is an inherited disorder of carbohydrate metabolism. Hepatic glucose-6-phosphatase is deficient, leading to impaired gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis. Patients prevent fasting hypoglycemia by frequent feeds of low glycemic index foods. Normal muscle does not contain glucose-6-phosphatase, and GSD-I is usually classified as a hepatic glycogenosis. However, clinical experience has suggested that patients have decreased cardiovascular fitness, but this had not been formally investigated. This paper reports the results of maximal treadmill cardiopulmonary exercise testing in adult patients with GSD-I. It documents a major reduction in exercise capacity in these patients and demonstrates biochemical aspects of exercise that are different from those of normal controls. All patients showed a reduction in exercise capacity, but there was a wide range of exercise tolerance. Additional work needs to address whether improved adherence to or intensification of therapy in adulthood will ameliorate exercise intolerance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Blood Glucose / analysis
  • Exercise Test
  • Exercise*
  • Fatty Acids, Nonesterified / blood
  • Female
  • Glycogen Storage Disease Type I / metabolism*
  • Humans
  • Lactic Acid / blood
  • Male
  • Oxygen Consumption


  • Blood Glucose
  • Fatty Acids, Nonesterified
  • Lactic Acid