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The Effects of a Moderate Weight Loss on Insulin Resistance

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Verified August 2016 by Yale University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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First received: June 25, 2014
Last updated: August 12, 2016
Last verified: August 2016
The purpose of this study is to examine whether weight reduction decreases intramyocellular (IMCL) and hepatic lipid content, and improves insulin sensitivity of muscle and fat tissue in people who are insulin resistant and have a family history of type 2 diabetes.

Condition Intervention
Insulin Resistance Behavioral: Dietary consultations

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: The Effects of a Moderate Weight Loss on Muscle and Liver Fat Content and Reversal of Insulin Resistance

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Further study details as provided by Yale University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Improvements in insulin sensitivity [ Time Frame: up to 6 months intervention to examine whether insulin sensitivity has improved significantly after the moderate weight reduction ]
    Insulin sensitivity will be assessed using the insulin/glucose clamp, liver and muscle fat will be measured using 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and both results from the clamp and MRS compared to baseline values before the weight reduction intervention.

Estimated Enrollment: 35
Study Start Date: October 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2022
Estimated Primary Completion Date: October 2021 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Lifestyle Intervention
Caloric Restriction. One arm.
Behavioral: Dietary consultations
Dietary consultations and caloric restriction to reduce liver and intra myocellular fat content and improve tissue specific insulin sensitivity

Detailed Description:
In this study, we will examine whether a small weight loss in lean, insulin-resistant offspring of type 2 diabetic patients will improve insulin resistance. The control group will consist of subjects matched for gender, age and body weight with no family history of diabetes. Before and after weight loss, rates of basal and insulin stimulated whole body glucose metabolism will be measured using [6,6-2H] glucose during a 3 hour basal period and a 4 hour euglycemic hyperinsulinemic (20 mU/m2-min) clamp. Rates of whole body lipolysis will be determined using [2H5] glycerol, localized rates of lipolysis will be measured using the microdialysis technique and muscle PI 3-kinase activity will be assessed in muscle biopsies. FFA metabolites (fatty acyl CoA, ceramides, diacylglycerol) will be measured in fat tissue collected from the abdominal subcutaneous fat cell depot. Body composition will be determined with bioelectrical impedance and whole body MRI; IMCL will be measured with MRS. Before and after weight loss, insulin secretion will be measured with the hyperglycemic clamp (as described under Day 2 Hyperglycemic Clamp).

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Healthy, sedentary, non-smoking and not taking any medications other than birth control pills.
  • Hematocrit >35%
  • Subjects will have no systemic or organ disease including diabetes.
  • Subjects will have no history eating disorders.
  • Women must be using a form of birth control (sexual abstinence, birth control pills, Norplant, IUD or condoms) and will be studied between day 0 and 7 of their menstrual cycle.
  • Those who are taking birth control pills or have had a hysterectomy may be studied at any time.
  • Physical activity will be assessed using a standard questionnaire with an activity index cut off at 2.3.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Any subject, who does not fit the inclusion criteria. Including history of eating disorders, any systemic and organ disease including diabetes.
  • Hematocrit <35%.
  • Women of childbearing potential, who are not using contraception (as mentioned above) or who are not abstinent.
  • Subjects who have a regular exercise regimen will not be enrolled.
  • Metal implants and/or body piercing, which cannot be removed before the MR studies.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02193295

Contact: Kitt Petersen, MD 203-688-4106

United States, Connecticut
Yale Center for Clinical Investigation HRU Recruiting
New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06520
Contact: Kitt Petersen, MD    203-688-4106      
Principal Investigator: Kitt Petersen, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Yale University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Principal Investigator: Kitt Petersen, MD Yale University
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Responsible Party: Yale University Identifier: NCT02193295     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 020290-20997
Study First Received: June 25, 2014
Last Updated: August 12, 2016

Keywords provided by Yale University:
Weight Reduction
Caloric Restriction
Euglycemic Hyperinsulinemic Clamp
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Weight Loss
Insulin Resistance
Body Weight Changes
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Hypoglycemic Agents
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