Identifying Risk for Diabetes and Heart Disease in Women

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Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : March 12, 2013
Last Update Posted : July 16, 2018
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) )

Brief Summary:


- Rates of diabetes and heart disease in women are increasing. Early recognition of risk could help women live longer and healthier lives. Race and ethnicity may affect the best kinds of tests to use to screen for these conditions. Researchers want to compare risk factors for diabetes and heart disease in African, African-American, and white women. Doing so may help identify the most effective screening test for each group. This study will look at healthy African, African-American, and white women who are federal employees and contractors.


- To study risk factors for diabetes and heart disease in African, African-American, and white women.


  • Healthy African, African-American, and white women between 30 and 65 years of age who are federal employees or contractors.
  • For this study, African women must be born in Africa and have immigrated to the United States, and report that both parents are Africans. African-American women must self-identify as African-Americans, born in the United States, and have parents who both self-identify as African-American born in the United States. White women must self-identify as white and have parents who also self-identify as white.


  • Participants will have four visits to study their risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.
  • The first visit is a screening visit. Participants will be screened with a physical exam and medical history. Blood and urine samples will be collected. They will also have an EKG test. Participants will also be shown how to fill out a 3-Day Food Record and wear an activity monitor called an accelerometer. The food record will keep track of how much participants eat for 3 consecutive days, including 1 non-working day. The accelerometer device will be worn for 3 days to monitor movement.
  • At the second visit, participants will have blood tests, an oral glucose tolerance test, and body fat measurements. They will also fill out questionnaires, review the food record, and have two imaging studies.
  • At the third visit, participants will have a longer glucose tolerance test. During the test, participants will receive both glucose and insulin and blood samples will be collected over several hours. Participants will receive lunch at the clinical center after the test.
  • At the fourth visit, participants will have a meal test. They will fast for 12 hours before the test. Participants will eat a specific meal and have blood samples taken during and after they eat.
  • Participants will discuss the results of these tests with the study doctors.

Condition or disease
Obesity Insulin Resistance Triglycerides Diabetes

Detailed Description:

African-American women experience disproportionately high rates of conditions related to insulin resistance, specifically type 2 diabetes (T2D) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). In Africa, T2D and CVD have also become leading causes of death for women. Early recognition of risk and the implementation of preventive measures could improve both quality of life and longevity as well as decrease health care expenditures. However, screening tests for the early detection of T2D and CVD were developed several decades ago in large studies with mostly white participants. Emerging evidence suggests that there are racial differences in the ability and importance of various risk factors to predict the development of diabetes and CVD. Consequently tests used to screen for T2D and CVD are often not effective in women of African descent. Thus, women of African descent lose the opportunity and benefit of early intervention.

Designing tests to determine risk for T2D and CVD in women of African descent requires an appreciation of why current tests do not work. Screening tests to detect risk for T2D and CVD usually rely on the observation that insulin resistance is associated with increased hepatic fat, high fasting glucose and high triglyceride (TG) levels. However, while insulin-resistant white women usually have high liver fat, high fasting glucose and high TG levels, insulin-resistant African-American women often have normal TG levels, normal fasting glucose and low hepatic fat. Therefore, these tests routinely fail to detect risk in African-American women.

The relationship between TG levels to insulin resistance, hepatic glucose production and liver fat has not been studied in African women. To improve diagnosis, we propose a study of race differences in TG levels, fasting glucose levels and hepatic fat comparing 3 groups of women who are federal employees or contractors: African-American African (born in subSaharan Africa and immigrated to the United States) and white. This design ensures all enrollees will have health insurance, a similar work environment and a comparable distribution of position (i.e. scientific, administrative, support). Analyses to detect differences in diet, physical activity and other psychosocial factors will be undertaken.

There will be 4 outpatient visits for 360 non-diabetic women (120 African-American, 120 African and 120 white, aged 25 to 65 years, BMI 20 to 45 kg/m2) enrolled. At Visit 1, a medical history, physical exam and screening labs will be done. Participants will record food intake and monitor physical activity wear an activity monirot (accelerometer) during a 7-day period between visits. At Visit 2 an oral glucose tolerance test will be performed. Studies to examine body fat content and distribution will also be done. At Visit 3, insulin resistance will be measured with an intravenous glucose tolerance test. At Visit 4, breakfast will be eaten with blood samples taken before and after the meal.

In addition to the 4 outpatient visits described, there will be an optional overnight stay the evening before visit 3 for 60 women (30 African descent and 30 white). The purpose of this smaller study is to determine if race differences in the production of glucose by the liver contribute to race differences in fasting glucose levels. Eligible women will be in good health, between 25 and 50 years of age and have a BMI 25-45kg/m2.

This study will be the first time (a) TG levels in African immigrants are compared to African-American and white women (b) hepatic glucose production is assessed by race, and (c) the relationship of TG to insulin resistance, liver fat, body fat distribution, diet, physical activity and psychosocial factors are examined in these 3 groups of women under similar metabolic and economic conditions. While failure of screening tests means a lost opportunity for early intervention, effective screening tests can change outcomes, improve lives and minimize health care expenditures. This protocol is building a foundation on which effective screening tests for diabetes and heart disease can be built.

Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 360 participants
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Identifying Risk for Diabetes and Heart Disease in Women: A Study of African-American, African and White Federal Employees and Contractors
Study Start Date : March 9, 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date : April 30, 2022
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 30, 2022

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Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Determine if there are differences in African, African-American and white women in the relationship between triglyceride levels, (a frequently used screening test for diabetes and heart disease) glucose tolerance status and insulin resistance. [ Time Frame: 4 years ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
  • African, African-American and White Women
  • Healthy Volunteers
  • Age between 25 and 65 years
  • BMI between 20 and 45 kg/m(2)
  • Federal Employees-Intramural or Extramural or Contractor


Same as primary outpatient protocol except:

  • Age restricted to 25 to 50 years
  • BMI restricted to 25 and 45 kg/m2
  • Premenopausal status


  • Pregnancy
  • Medications or Medical Conditions which affect parameters under investigation

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01809288

Contact: Anne E Sumner, M.D. (301) 402-7119

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Office of Patient Recruitment (OPR)    800-411-1222 ext TTY8664111010   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Principal Investigator: Anne E Sumner, M.D. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Identifier: NCT01809288     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 130090
First Posted: March 12, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 16, 2018
Last Verified: May 17, 2018

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) ):
African Americans

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Heart Diseases
Insulin Resistance
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases