How is lactate metabolized?

Updated: Dec 08, 2020
  • Author: Christie P Thomas, MBBS, FRCP, FASN, FAHA; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Daily lactate production in a healthy person is substantial (approximately 20 mEq/kg/d), and this is usually metabolized to pyruvate in the liver, the kidneys, and, to a lesser degree, in the heart. Thus, production and use of lactate (ie, Cori cycle) is constant, keeping plasma lactate low.

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