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Effects of Proteins Fraction Derived From Milk on Osteoporosis Prevention

This study has been completed.
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Soredab Identifier:
First received: November 21, 2011
Last updated: May 22, 2015
Last verified: May 2015

Osteoporosis is defined as a systemic skeletal disease characterised by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue, with a consequent increase in bone fragility and susceptibility to fracture. Osteoporosis is a serious public health problem that is responsible for approximately 3 million women with osteoporosis in France, with approximately 150,000 cases per year occurring in vertebral fractures, of which only one third would be diagnosed and 50,000 hip fractures (causing death in 20% of cases). The frequency of the disease increases with age, particularly among women: 10% among women aged 60 years and 20% among women aged 65 and 40% among women aged 75. At menopause, oestrogen deficiency causes alterations of the immune system, decreased bone formation, microarchitectural deterioration and a decrease in bone mass. Various factors may contribute to this decrease in bone density such as diet, lifestyle, or the genetic background.

According to prospective studies, an overexpression of 135% of hip fractures is expected at European level in 50 years. Therefore, it is interesting to develop new prevention approaches aimed at maintaining the healthy aging population. Nutritional researches can consider setting up a real prevention.

Studies suggest that specific milk protein fraction contain factors able to promote bone formation, inhibit bone resorption in vitro. In animal model, they showed that the specific fraction prevents bone loss in aged ovariectomised rats by reducing bone resorption. Furthermore, in human volunteers, a supplementation with the specific milk protein fraction maintains balanced bone remodelling and increase bone mineral density. For example, in healthy postmenopausal women, it has been reported that a mean rate of gain of lumbar BMD in the MPF group (1.21%) was significantly higher than in placebo group (-0.66%; p<0.05).

The objective of this study is to assess the efficacy of daily consumption of the milk proteins fraction on bone mineral density improvement in healthy postmenopausal women.

Condition Intervention Phase
Osteoporosis Dietary Supplement: Milk proteins fraction Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Effects of Proteins Fraction Derived From Milk on Bone Mineral Density and Bone Metabolism in Healthy Postmenopausal Women

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Further study details as provided by Soredab:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • lumbar spine bone mineral density [ Time Frame: 24 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • femoral bone mineral density [ Time Frame: 12 and 24 months ]
  • lumbar spine bone mineral density [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
  • bone remodelling biomarkers [ Time Frame: 6 and 12 months ]

Enrollment: 291
Study Start Date: November 2011
Study Completion Date: May 2015
Primary Completion Date: May 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Animal proteins
Dietary Supplement: Milk proteins fraction
capsules, one per day, 24 months
Experimental: Milk protein fraction dose 1 Dietary Supplement: Milk proteins fraction
capsules, one per day, 24 months
Experimental: Milk protein fraction dose 2 Dietary Supplement: Milk proteins fraction
capsules, one per day, 24 months


Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Caucasian Female
  • Natural or surgical menopause between 1 and 5 years
  • Aged between 50 to 65 years
  • BMI between 19 and 30 kg/m²

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Medications: oral steroidal anti-inflammatory, anti-osteoporotic treatment, hormone replacement therapy
  • Low bone mineral density (T-score<-3
  • Diseases affecting bone metabolism(Paget's disease, Cushing's disease, thyroid disease...)
  • Intolerance or allergy to milk proteins and allergy to soy or soy lecithin
  • Heavy smoking
  • Excessive alcohol drinking
  • Intensive sports practice according to the investigator
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01478724

Cochin hospital
Paris, France, 75014
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Christian Roux, PUPH Cochin Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Soredab Identifier: NCT01478724     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SORBONE
Study First Received: November 21, 2011
Last Updated: May 22, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on August 17, 2017