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Observational Study of Early Metabolic and Vascular Changes in Obesity (STYJOBS)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified April 2016 by Medical University of Graz
Zukunftsfonds Steiermark
Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, Familie und Jugend
Steiermärkische Landesregierung
Graz University of Technology
University of Graz
Paracelsus Medical University
Technische Universität München
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Harald Mangge, MD, Medical University of Graz Identifier:
First received: June 4, 2007
Last updated: April 8, 2016
Last verified: April 2016

To work against the increasing burden of obesity, the STYJOBS / EDECTA (STYrian Juvenile OBesity Study / Early DetECtion of Atherosclerosis) project was started at the Medical University of Graz in 2003. STYJOBS / EDECTA is a prospective, observational study to improve the understanding of atherosclerosis, cardiovascular risk, immune mediated low grade inflammation, and metabolic changes in obesity by investigation of the "non-biased" early phase.

The main focus is the early identification of obesity and "worse lifestyle" related individual high risk profiles for cardiovascular/metabolic/immune-inflammatory disease in juvenile, young, and adult persons up to the age of 65 years. Based on this information, new and effective strategies are developed for preclinical diagnostics and early intervention. Concerning mechanisms of obesity and "bad" lifestyle associated pathologic conditions, risk biomarker patterns, chronic immune-mediated inflammation, disturbed adipokine balance, individual adipose tissue topography, brown and white adipose tissue (BAT/WAT) function, addiction like behaviour, genetics/epigenetics, early vascular pathology, and fatty liver disease are in focus of research. Interventional branches of study tested a holistic strategy comprehending sports, and lifestyle modification for efficiency. A better understanding of the role of a disturbed energy expenditure in the etiology of obesity should give the basis for new paradigms in therapy of obesity.

The investigative spectrum of STYJOBS / EDECTA was recently extended also to non-obese body weight extremes i.e. underweight/anorectic people.

Condition Intervention
Adiponectin Deficiency
Fatty Liver
Other: Lifestyle intervention

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Study for the Investigation of New Individual Risk Profiles and Therapeutic Strategies in Obesity Related Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disorders.

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Further study details as provided by Medical University of Graz:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Anthropometric changes(BMI, SAT-Topography, waist/hipCF, waist to height ratio) during intervention [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Obesity related biomarkers (fasting glucose, insulin, HOMA-index, HbA1c, liver transaminases, inflammatory markers, adipokines, clotting parameters, lipids, oxidative stress markers, Biomarkers related to tryptophan metabolism), performance diagnostics. [ Time Frame: 12 months ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Collection of fasted blood samples between 9 and 12 AM.

Estimated Enrollment: 1500
Study Start Date: January 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions

The cohort consists of age and sex matched normal weighted controls and overweight/obese persons.

Definition for "overweight": BMI >90th and <97th percentile, if under 18 years of age, and BMI >25 and <29.9 kg/m2 if over 18 years of age.

Definition for "obese": BMI >97th percentile, if under 18 years of age, and BMI >30kg/m2, if over 18 years of age.

Other: Lifestyle intervention
Regular sports and dietary advices. Controlled by analysis of laboratory parameters, BMI change and performance diagnostics. No drugs included so far.
Other Name: lifestyle counseling
Interventional branch
A lifestyle intervention following a holistic schedule was done in a subgroup of obese juveniles.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 55 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Probands are residents of Graz and from the federal state of styria.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • general healthy condition except overweightness/obesity, age below 55 years

Exclusion Criteria:

  • thyroid dysfunction, infections, chronic diseases (e.g. autoimmune, inflammatory), neoplasia
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00482924

Contact: Harald Mangge, Prof., MD +43 316 385 ext 83340

Clinical Institute for Medical and Chemical Laboratory Diagnosis Recruiting
Graz, Styria, Austria, 8036
Contact: Harald Mangge, Prof., MD    +43316 385 ext 83340   
Principal Investigator: Harald Mangge, Prof., MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of Graz
Zukunftsfonds Steiermark
Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, Familie und Jugend
Steiermärkische Landesregierung
Graz University of Technology
University of Graz
Paracelsus Medical University
Technische Universität München
Principal Investigator: Harald Mangge, Prof., MD Medical University of Graz, Austria
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Responsible Party: Harald Mangge, MD, Professor, Medical University of Graz Identifier: NCT00482924     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: A2720000021
Study First Received: June 4, 2007
Last Updated: April 8, 2016

Keywords provided by Medical University of Graz:
cardiovascular risk profiles
low grade inflammation
insulin resistance
brown adipose tissue
white adipose tissue

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fatty Liver
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Pathologic Processes
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases processed this record on May 24, 2017