Answer to Question #102759 in Human Anatomy and Physiology for Nibedita Rudra

Question #102759
What does it indicate if RQ in human is near 0.1 and between 0.7-1.0
Expert's answer

RQ (respiratory quotient) is used to measure basal metabolic rate based on the level of carbon dioxide production. RQ near 1.0 reflects a condition when mainly carbohydrates are being metabolized, whereas RQ between 0.7-1.0 indicates that mostly fats (if RQ=0.7) or proteins (if RQ=0.8) are involved in the metabolic processes. 

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Assignment Expert
13.02.20, 13:51

Dear customer,
RQ is a ratio between eliminated and consumed carbon dioxide. RQ near 0.1 is not possible for humans and almost all other organisms. Such low value can be observed only in plants that absorb carbon dioxide and use it for the synthesis of carbohydrates (photosynthesis). In this case, it seems, that there was a mistake - 0.1 instead of 1.0. The values between 0.7 and 1.0 (or more) are used to describe the respiratory quotient in humans.

Nibedita Rudra
13.02.20, 05:10

My question was RQ near 0.1 not 1.0

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