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Armolipid Plus and Metabolic Syndrome

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01087632
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 16, 2010
Last Update Posted : September 2, 2010
Federico II University
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March 12, 2010
March 16, 2010
September 2, 2010
September 2009
July 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Insulin/glucose ratio after overnight fast [ Time Frame: 18 weeks ]
  • Insuline/glucose ratio after an oralglucose tolerance test [ Time Frame: 18 weeks ]
Same as current
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  • BMI [ Time Frame: 18 weeks ]
    evaluation of weight and BMI
  • Glycemia [ Time Frame: 18 weeks ]
    Blood Glucose
  • Endothelial function [ Time Frame: 18 weeks ]
    endothelial function assessed by Flow Mediated Dilation
  • C reactive protein. [ Time Frame: 18 weeks ]
    dosage of CRP
  • Serum lipidemia [ Time Frame: 18 weeks ]
    measure of TG and cholesterol
Same as current
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Armolipid Plus and Metabolic Syndrome
Effects of Armolipid Plus on Indices of Insulin Resistance in Patients With Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a highly prevalent condition characterized by visceral obesity, abnormalities of glucidic and lipid metabolism, and increased risk for cardiovascular events. Such findings appear to be associated with a decrease in insulin sensitivity. Management of metabolic syndrome is currently aimed at treating individual components of the disease without addressing this underlying pathophysiologic mechanism; this translates into multidrug regimens, high costs and patient compliance issues.

Armolipid Plus (an association of berberine 500 mg, red yeast rice titled in 3 mg monacolin K,policosanol 10 mg,coenzyme Q10 2 mg,astaxanthin 0,5 mg,folic acid 0,2 mg) has been found to be effective at reducing blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and at improving endothelial function; subgroup analyses also suggested a benefit on indices of insulin resistance.

Aim of the study is to evaluate the effects of Armolipid Plus on insulin sensitivity and on the diagnostic parameters of metabolic syndrome.

60 patients will be enrolled in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial; active treatment will consist of Armolipid Plus (1 tbl qd).

Primary end point will be the reduction of the insulin/glucose ratio, both after overnight fast (HOMA index) and after an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Metabolic Syndrome
Dietary Supplement: Armolipid Plus
Armolipid Plus 1 tablet QD for 18 weeks
Other Names:
  • berberine
  • red yeast rice
  • monacolin K
  • policosanol
  • coenzyme Q10
  • astaxanthin
  • folic acid
  • Experimental: Armolipid Plus
    Armolipid Plus is an association of berberine 500 mg, red yeast rice titled in 3 mg monacolin K,- policosanol 10 mg,coenzyme Q10 2 mg,astaxanthin 0,5 mg,folic acid 0,2 mg
    Intervention: Dietary Supplement: Armolipid Plus
  • Placebo Comparator: Placebo
    Placebo matching Armolipid plus
    Intervention: Dietary Supplement: Armolipid Plus
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July 2010
July 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

Male and Female 18-65 aged, with diagnosis of metabolic syndrome, defined by the presence of waist circumference > 102 cm (M) or >88 cm(F), and two or more of these criteria:

  • fasting blood glucose >100 mg;
  • systolic blood pressure >135 or diastolic blood pressure >85 mmHg or patients in treatment with antihypertensive drugs;
  • triglyceridemia >150 mg/dl;
  • HDL cholesterolemia < 40 mg/dl(M), < 50 mg/dl(F).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnancy
  • diabetes mellitus in pharmacologic treatment;
  • hepatic failure;
  • creatininemia >2 mg/dl;
  • triglyceridemia > 500 mg/dl;
  • heart failure.
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
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Massimo D'Amato, MD, Rottapharm
Federico II University
Principal Investigator: Serafino Fazio, MD Federico II University
September 2010

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