The experiment was carried out on male rats aged 4 months. Animals were divided into 1.) ten experimental groups exposed to a magnetic field of 10 mT, 2.) 10 experimental groups exposed to a magnetic field of 10 mT and 3.) 10 control groups. Each group contained 10 animals. Rats were exposed for 1 hour a day for 10 days. Every day, one group of every experimental condition was decapitated and blood was collected.
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During the first 3 days, the plasma level of glucose increased significantly in rats exposed to a 10-3 tesla magnetic field compared to control animals. At the 7th day of exposure the level of glucagon was significantly higher in both exposure groups compared to the control group. The level of insulin decreased after 5 days and was significanty lowered after 10 days in the exposed groups compared to the control group. In the exposed groups, the contents of growth hormone and thyroid-stimulating hormone increased significant, as well as the levels of triiodothyronine and thyroxine between the 3rd and the 7th day as compared to the control group. Between the 2nd and the 4th day the level of cortisol was significantly increased in both exposure groups in comparison to the control group.
The authors conclude, that the results might implicate a temporarily diabetic-like response in rats exposed to the magnetic field.