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Metformin in Children With Motor Deficit

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00720161
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 22, 2008
Last Update Posted : September 29, 2011
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven

Brief Summary:
Obesity with insulin resistance in the paediatric population provides an increasing challenge. Children with neurological or neuromuscular diseases are even more prone to obesity: their locomotor impairment leads to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, a decrease in physical fitness and an increase in body fat (1-3). Obesity, in turn, can be associated with a decrease in physical fitness and a further increase in body fat. In this study we want to evaluate the effect of an insulin-sensitizer, metformin, in a group of overweight/obese patients with neurological or neuromuscular diseases. Metformin is a well-established insulin sensitizer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Spina Bifida Neuromuscular Diseases Drug: Metformin Drug: placebo Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 42 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Metformin in Children With Motor Deficit
Study Start Date : November 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2011
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2011

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: A
Metformin during 12 months and then 6 months Placebo
Drug: Metformin
daily 850 mg

Drug: placebo

Placebo Comparator: B
Placebo during 6 months, afterwards 12 months metformin
Drug: Metformin
daily 850 mg

Drug: placebo

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. insulin resistance [ Time Frame: 18 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. fat [ Time Frame: 18 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   8 Years to 35 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with neurogenic or myogenic motor deficit, clinically obese or who had excessively gained weight over the last year.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Exclusion criteria were known type 1 or type 2 diabetes mellitus and contraindications to metformin therapy.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00720161

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Leuven, Brabant, Belgium, 3000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
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Principal Investigator: kristina m casteels, MD Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven

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Responsible Party: Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven Identifier: NCT00720161     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ML3830
First Posted: July 22, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 29, 2011
Last Verified: September 2011
Keywords provided by Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven:
metformin, spina bifida, duchenne, insulin resistance
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Neuromuscular Diseases
Spinal Dysraphism
Nervous System Diseases
Neural Tube Defects
Nervous System Malformations
Congenital Abnormalities
Hypoglycemic Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs