nitrogen balance

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the balance between the amount of nitrogen taken in (to the soil or the body) and the amount given off (lost or excreted)

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When you're in negative nitrogen balance, you can't build skeletal muscle.
In 1992, he coauthored a study showing that most elderly hip fracture patients entering New York Hospital had protein malnutrition, and all patients had evidence of negative nitrogen balance during their first postsurgical week (J.
Negative nitrogen balance means more nitrogen is being excreted than consumed, and thus muscle is breaking down.
Nutritionally, most elderly patients are probably in negative nitrogen balance.
The time lag of the initiation of bone resorption processes during strict bed rest (Table 4) is in contrast to the rapid occurrence of a negative nitrogen balance and of enhanced plasma BCAA (Table 3).