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St. Louis, Missouri 63110


Purpose:

DHEA or dehydroepiandrosterone is a naturally occurring hormone secreted by tghe adrenal galnds. The secretion of HDEA declines with aging. DHEA is considered a food supplement and it is not regulated by the FDA. The purpose of this research is to evaluate ceratin of the biological effects of a reaplcement dose of DHEA. As you get older, DHEA levels are lower than you were younger. The replamcent dose is the dose of DHEA that will raise DHEA levesl to the levels found in young people. Anotehr purpose is to determine whether DHEA enhances the adaptations to an exercise training program.


Study summary:

DHEA declines dramatically with age. Low DHEA levels have been found to correlate with sarcopenia and osteopenia. It is, therefore, postulated that many physiologic changes of aging are secondary to the decline in DHEA. Thus, the objective of the proposed research is to evaluate the effect of DHEA replacement on age-related changes in body composition, muscle function and metabolism, and bone mass in healthy older adults. The specific aims are to evaluate the effects of DHEA replacement (50 mg/d) alone, or in combination with resistance exercise training on: a) lean body mass, intraabdominal fat and thigh muscle volume, and muscle protein synthesis rate b) bone mineral density (BMD) of the total body, lumbar spine, and hip and biochemical markers of bone turnover and c) insulin sensitivity. It is hypothesized that DHEA administration will have additive or synergistic effects with exercise. Healthy but sedentary subjects , aged 65-78 years old, will be randomized to receive either DHEA, 50 mg/d, or placebo and to participate in either supervised or home exercise training programs. The supervised exercise program will consist of resistance training designed to increase muscle mass, strength, and bone mass, and decrease fat mass. The goal of this research is to provide information on the potential role of DHEA replacement therapy in maintaining the physical health and functional capacity of older people


Criteria:

Inclusion Criteria: - 65 to 78 years old men and women Exclusion Criteria: - hormone therapy, history of hormone-dependent neoplasia, PSA above 2.6 ng/mL, or active serious illness, contraindications to exercise, dementia


NCT ID:

NCT00205686


Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Dennis T Villareal, MD
Washington University School of Medicine


Backup Contact:

N/A


Location Contact:

St. Louis, Missouri 63110
United States



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Site Status: N/A


Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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