The Effect of Good Bacteria on Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Diabetics

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Recruitment Status : Terminated
First Posted : September 9, 2003
Last Update Posted : August 18, 2006
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National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine whether probiotics, bacteria that may improve liver health, can effectively treat a chronic condition in diabetics that increases fat in the liver.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Fatty Liver Hepatic Steatosis Diabetes Mellitus Liver Diseases Drug: Probiotic-containing powder Phase 1 Phase 2

Detailed Description:

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the United States and is also common in diabetics; unfortunately, research on NAFLD has been limited. Safe, inexpensive, and well-tolerated treatments for NAFLD are needed. Recent studies indicate that probiotics help to improve fat breakdown in mice. This study will evaluate the efficacy of probiotic therapy to reduce fat accumulation in the livers of people with NAFLD and diabetes.

Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to receive either a probiotic-containing mixture or placebo once daily for 6 months. Blood tests, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy will be used to assess participants at study start and at study completion.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 30 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of a Probiotic on Hepatic Steatosis
Study Start Date : July 2005
Study Completion Date : February 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: Liver Diseases

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any cause of liver disease other than hepatic steatosis
  • Diabetes
  • Known or suspected cirrhosis
  • Inability or unwillingness to undergo magnetic resonance procedures
  • Requirement of long-term antibiotic therapy
  • Pregnancy, breast-feeding, or plans to become pregnant

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00068094

United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21205
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Steve Solga, MD Johns Hopkins University

Publications: Identifier: NCT00068094     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AT001305 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: September 9, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 18, 2006
Last Verified: August 2006

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Liver Diseases
Fatty Liver
Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Digestive System Diseases