AFTER: Altering Fat Through Estrogen and Raloxifene
The purpose of this study is to determine whether estrogens specifically promote a reduction in fat from abdominal regions during weight loss and/or prevent the accumulation of abdominal fat during weight gain.
Drug: conjugated estrogens
Behavioral: exercise plus mild caloric restriction for weight loss
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Modulation of Visceral Fat by Estrogens After Menopause|
- total body fat mass
- total abdominal fat area
- visceral abdominal fat area
- fat-free mass
- total abdominal area
- resting metabolic rate
- dietary energy intake
- cardiovascular fitness
- glucose tolerance
- blood lipids and lipoproteins
- sex hormones (estradiol, estrone, testosterone, sex hormone binding globulin)
- glucoregulatory and anti-lipolytic insulin action
|Study Start Date:||March 2000|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2006|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2006 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
The general aim of this study is to determine whether estrogen-based hormone therapy (HT) in postmenopausal women reduces the accumulation of abdominal visceral fat and whether this is a contributing factor to the effects of estrogens on cardiovascular risk factors. An additional aim is to determine whether raloxifene, a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) that is suggested to be a safer alternative to estrogen for the prevention of osteoporosis, exerts similar effects as estrogen on fat distribution. Mechanisms for possible regional differences in the regulation of fat metabolism in estrogen-sufficient vs estrogen-deficient states will be investigated, as will the extent to which estrogen status and changes in visceral adiposity are associated with changes in risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) and Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM).
The hypotheses being tested include 1) reductions in total fat mass and total abdominal and visceral fat will be significantly greater in women treated with HT or raloxifene than in those receiving placebo treatment, 2) the accumulation of total fat mass and total abdominal and visceral fat during the 12-month follow-up period will be significantly less in women on HT or raloxifene than in those receiving placebo treatment, 3) a reduction in visceral fat mass will be associated with increased sensitivity to insulin in the breakdown of fat in the whole body, and there will be an independent enhancing effect of HT and raloxifene on insulin action, and 4) changes in risk factors for CAD and Type 2 DM will be more closely associated with changes in visceral adiposity than with changes in total fat mass or other measures of regional adiposity, independent of and in addition to the effects of HT and raloxifene on risk factors.
To meet these aims, a reduction in visceral fat will be induced in 108 postmenopausal women through a 6-month program of supervised exercise training plus mild caloric restriction. Participants will be randomized to receive HT, raloxifene, or placebo. The drug treatment will continue, but the fat reduction program will cease, during a 12-month follow-up period. Risk factors for CAD and Type 2 DM and insulin sensitivity in terms of the breakdown of fat on total body and regional adipose tissue will be evaluated before and after treatment and after the follow-up period (risk factors only). For the purpose of this application, HT refers to a regimen involving daily conjugated estrogens and, in women with a uterus, tri-monthly progestin treatment.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00149604
|United States, Colorado|
|University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center|
|Denver, Colorado, United States, 80262|
|Principal Investigator:||Wendy M. Kohrt, PhD||University of Colorado, Denver|