The red cell 2,3 DPG, the most important factor for oxygen delivery in the tissues, was found to be increased in Parkinsonism patients compared with controls. The aging process seems not to be a factor in the increased 2,3 DPG concentration. Other factors relevant to raised 2,3 DPG level such as physical activity, increased oxygen requirements, and metabolic changes are discussed.
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↵1 Address for reprints: Department of Psychiatry, Athens University, Aeginition Hospital, 74 Vass. Sophias Str, Athens, Greece.
Present address and for reprints and correspondence: Institute of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AF.
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