OLETF rats (n=8) LETO rats (n=4) OLETF vs. LETO
Body weight (g) 533.7 (57.6) 471.9 (26.2) p<0.001
Plasma glucose level (mg/dL) 549 (139) 75 (26) p<0.001
Cross-section area of tendon (mm2) 3.5 (0.7) 3.7 (1.1) N.S.
Ultimate stress (N/mm2) 6.66 (2.52) 9.12 (3.22) N.S.
Young’s modulus (N/mm2) 50.7 (22.1) 51.6 (7.5) N.S.
Toughness (N/mm2) 121.8 (76.9) 169.4 (102.7) N.S.
Strain to Failure (%) 22.7 (11.7) 28.7 (5.4) N.S.

Data are presented as mean (SD). Significance is set at p<0.05.
Table 1: Biomechanical properties of Achilles tendons in OLETF and LETO rats