Effect of Fiber Supplementation in Children With Type 1 Diabetes

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 22, 2011
Last Update Posted : July 22, 2011
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Brief Summary:
High fiber foods are recommended as a preferential source of carbohydrate by the Nutrition Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. Dietary fibers may delay glucose absorption and reduce postprandial glycemic excursion. They also appear to have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. It has been shown, in few short term adult studies, that high fiber foods reduce postprandial blood glucose levels. The American Diabetes Association feels that there is little evidence confirming the positive effect of high fiber foods on blood glucose control. It is not clear whether a high fiber diet can improve glycemic control and/or reduce the risk of hypoglycemic events. Our hypothesis is that children with type 1 diabetes will benefit from having added fibers in their diet. The investigators plan to study blood glucose values using a continuous blood glucose monitor before and after dietary fibers are introduced. This will help us determine whether a diet rich in fiber should be recommended in all children with type 1 diabetes mellitus

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Type 1 Diabetes Dietary Supplement: soluble fiber in the form of benefiber Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 10 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Fiber Supplementation on Glycemic Excursions and Incidence of Hypoglycemia in Children With Type 1 Diabetes
Study Start Date : September 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : May 2010
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2010

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Intervention Details:
  • Dietary Supplement: soluble fiber in the form of benefiber
    Benefiber, sugar free in an amount to total 20gms/1000kcal/day of fiber

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. incidence of hypoglycemia after fiber supplementation [ Time Frame: continuous glucose monitoring over 72 hours ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 16 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • The inclusion criteria are: Diagnosis of type I diabetes for at least two years prior to enrollment, the ability tolerate wearing the continuous blood glucose monitoring device for a total of 6 days, and the ability to follow a prescribed meal plan.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • The exclusion criteria are: Medical conditions that could potentially affect the absorption of nutrients such as celiac disease of inflammatory bowel disease and the use of any fiber supplements at home.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01399892

Sponsors and Collaborators
Mayo Clinic
Principal Investigator: Aida N Lteif, MD Mayo Clinic

Responsible Party: Aida Lteif, MD, Mayo Clinic Identifier: NCT01399892     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 08-002142
First Posted: July 22, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 22, 2011
Last Verified: July 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases