Salivary and blood lactate kinetics in response to maximal workload on cycle ergometer

Leonardo dos Santos Oliveira, Saulo Fernandes Oliveira, Fúlvia de Barros Manchado-Gobatto, Manoel da Cunha Costa




The use of saliva may assist an emerging need for cost, time and invasiveness reduction, and special care involved in the collection of biomarkers, compared to blood tests. The aim of this study was to analyze the lactate kinetics in blood and saliva in response to graded cycle ergometer exercise. In a predictive correlational study, nine healthy male cyclists (24±2 years; 71.3±7.6kg; 170.9±4.7cm) were submitted to a graded exercise protocol, started at 10% of maximal workload (WMAX). Blood and salivary lactate concentrations were measured every 3 minutes during exercise and at the 3rd, 6th, 9th, 15th, 30th and 60th minutes after exercise. To investigate the relationship between salivary and blood lactate, linear regression analysis was applied and the level of significance was set at p<0.05. There was a parallel evolution among the mean values of lactate measured in capillary blood and saliva with increasing workload (R2 adjust. = 0.93, p<0.001). It was concluded that although with different magnitudes, the lactate response during incremental exercise was similar between blood and saliva. Thus, the use of salivary lactate seems to be a noninvasive model for determining the blood lactate response to graded cycle ergometer exercise


Lactic acid; Physical exertion; Salivary glands

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The abbreviated title of the journal is Rev. Bras. Cineantropom. Desempenho Hum, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references. E-ISSN 1980-0037, impressa ISSN 1415-8426, Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, BrazilThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Atribuição 3.0 Unported License.