Efficacy of Exercise at a Fitness Club for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 22, 2005
Last Update Posted : July 14, 2009
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Sapporo Health Promotion Foundation

March 21, 2005
March 22, 2005
July 14, 2009
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  • Systolic blood pressure
  • low-density lipoprotein cholesterol
  • hemoglobin A1c
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  • Body weight
  • waist circumference
  • diastolic blood pressure
  • HDL-cholesterol
  • triglyceride
  • casual blood glucose
  • high-sensitivity C-reactive protein
  • white blood cell count
  • estimated VO2max
  • bicycle time
  • leg muscle strength
  • health-related QOL (Quality of Life)
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Efficacy of Exercise at a Fitness Club for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
Sapporo Fitness Club Trial (SFCT): A Randomized Controlled Trial to Test the Efficacy of Exercise at a Fitness Club for the Reduction of Cardiovascular Risk Factors
The purpose of the study is to determine whether exercise has further beneficial effects on improving cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol level or diabetes mellitus, when added to the standard program of health check followed by life style recommendations.

Multiple risk factors contribute to the causation of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Past studies indicate that exercise exerts its protective effects on the disease through actions on multiple cardiovascular risk factors simultaneously; however, the studies focused on the effect of exercise predominantly on subjects with a single risk factor. Does exercise differentially act on various risk factors in the same subject? Do subjects with multiple risk factors respond differently to exercise than those predominantly with a single risk factor do? To our knowledge, this is the first large-scale study to test the efficacy of exercise on subjects with multiple risk factors. Exercise in fitness clubs has uniquely fitting features for middle to older aged people with multiple risk factors: access is relatively easy because there are usually many clubs throughout the city; the control of exercise intensity or heart rate is made precise, rendering exercise safer when treadmills or bicycles are used as a mainstay of aerobic exercise as in this study; and cardiac arrest, the most feared complication of exercise, will be most likely to be properly handled since in recent years the installment of automated external defibrillators has been increasingly popular in many clubs.

Comparison: Exercise vs. standard care comparison is to be made only for the first 6-month period. The second 6-month period is for follow-up and other purposes.

Phase 1
Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
Behavioral: exercise
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Igarashi K, Fujita K, Yamase T, Morita N, Okita K, Satake K, Kanazawa N, Nishijima H. Sapporo Fitness Club Trial (SFCT)--design, recruitment and implementation of a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of exercise at a fitness club for the reduction of cardiovascular risk factor--. Circ J. 2004 Dec;68(12):1199-204.

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April 2004
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Inclusion Criteria:

Body mass index (BMI) of 24.2-34.9 with 2 or more of the following risk factors:

  • Resting systolic blood pressure of 130-179 mmHg
  • Fasting blood glucose of 110-139 mg/dl, or HbA1c ≥ 5.8 when casual blood sugar is 140-199 mg/dl
  • LDL-cholesterol of 120-219 mg/dl

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diastolic blood pressure of 110 mmHg or greater
  • History of clinical heart disease or stroke
  • Orthopedic problems that might interfere with exercise
  • Dementia
  • Abnormal exercise EKG test results
  • Private physician's disapproval
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
45 Years to 89 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
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Sapporo Health Promotion Foundation
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Sapporo Health Promotion Foundation
March 2005

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