Expired Study
This study is not currently recruiting Study Participants on ClinicalConnection.com. If you would like to find active studies please search for clinical trials.

Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and diabetes are health conditions that are strongly influenced by a person's diet. Although the best diet to prevent CVD and diabetes is uncertain, reducing intake of saturated and transunsaturated fats is known to help lower cardiovascular risk. However, even diets low in these fats can vary widely in other energy providing nutrients, particularly carbohydrates. This study will determine the effects of a higher versus lower carbohydrate diet, each with a high or low glycemic index (GI) composition, on risk factors for CVD and diabetes.

Study summary:

A healthy diet can have a remarkable effect on a person's overall health. Research has consistently confirmed the association between diet and serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and gastrointestinal disorders. Most healthy diets aimed at disease prevention promote a low intake of fats, but the optimal diet to prevent CVD and related disorders is uncertain. Recent emphasis has turned to the influence of carbohydrate consumption on risk of CVD and diabetes. Carbohydrates comprise a wide range of foods, which are categorized by their absorption rate, also known as glycemic index (GI). There is much current debate over how the level and type of dietary carbohydrates affect cardiovascular health. This study will determine the effects of a higher versus lower carbohydrate diet, each with a high or low GI composition, on risk factors for CVD and diabetes. Potential participants will attend three screening visits that will include questionnaires, clinical measurements, and blood and urine tests. Participants will then undergo an 8-day run-in phase to become familiar with the feeding patterns of four different diets: high carbohydrate with high GI, high carbohydrate with low GI, low carbohydrate with high GI, or low carbohydrate with low GI. During the run-in, participants will be provided all of their food, snacks, and calorie-containing beverages. Participants will also complete a daily food diary, symptoms questionnaire, medical and social history, and daily weigh-in. After meeting with a dietician to review progress, eligible participants will be randomly assigned to one of eight sequences of the four diet plans. Participants will follow each of the four diet plans for 5 weeks, with a period of at least 2 weeks separating each plan. During each dieting period, participants will be provided all of their food and snacks and most beverages. All participants will be required to eat at least one on-site meal per day, 5 days per week. Participants will keep a daily food diary and will undergo weekly blood pressure measurements for the first 3 weeks of each dieting period. Assessments will occur in the fifth week of each of the four dieting periods and will include symptoms and satiety questionnaires, blood pressure measurements, and a blood draw. One month following the completion of the last dieting period, participants will receive nutritional counseling on the prevention of CVD.


Inclusion Criteria: - SBP of 120 to 159 mmHg and DBP less than 100 mmHg at study entry (mean over three screening visits) (note: participants with stage 2 hypertension [SBP greater than 160 mmHg or DBP greater than 100 mmHg] based on the mean over three screening visits will be excluded, as will participants with a mean SBP greater than 170 mmHg or DBP greater than 105 mmHg at any one visit) - Overweight or obese, as defined by a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25 kg/m2 - Willing to eat at least one on-site meal per day, 5 days per week, and willing to eat study diets and nothing else during controlled feeding periods Medication Exclusion Criteria: - Symptomatic ischemic heart disease (e.g., angina pectoris) - Regular use of medications that raise or lower BP during the 2 months prior to study entry - Use of a lipid lowering agent in the 3 weeks prior to study entry - Unstable dose of hormone replacement therapy, thyroid hormone replacement therapy, and psychotropic medications known to cause weight gain or affect the outcome variables (unstable is defined as a change in dose within 2 months of study entry) - Use of insulin, oral hypoglycemic agent, lithium, oral corticosteroid, anti-psychotic drugs, weight loss medications, nitrate, or digitalis Medical History Exclusion Criteria: - Active or prior CVD (e.g., stroke, heart attack, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, coronary artery bypass graft, congestive heart failure, symptomatic ischemic heart disease [angina], or arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease-related therapeutic procedure) - Diabetes mellitus - Cancer diagnosis or treatment in the 2 years prior to study entry (note: people with non-melanoma skin cancer, localized breast cancer, or localized prostate cancer can enroll if they did not require systemic chemotherapy) - Active inflammatory bowel disease, malabsorption, or major gastrointestinal resection - Renal insufficiency as determined by a serum creatinine greater than 1.2 mg/dL for women or greater than 1.4 mg/dL for men (these participants can enroll if their estimated glomerular filtration rate is greater than 40 mL/min by either the Cockcroft-Gault equation or the simplified Modification of Diet in Renal Disease equation) - Emergency room visit or hospital stay for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the 6 months prior to study entry - Any serious illness not otherwise specified that would interfere with participation Laboratory Exclusion Criteria: - Fasting LDL cholesterol greater than 220 mg/dL and triglycerides greater than 750 mg/dL - Fasting blood glucose greater than 125 mg/dL - Serum transaminase greater than 2 times the upper range of normal, or a clinical diagnosis of hepatitis



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Frank M. Sacks, MD
Harvard University

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

Baltimore, Maryland 21205
United States

There is no listed contact information for this specific location.

Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

Modifications to this listing: Only selected fields are shown, please use the link below to view all information about this clinical trial.

Click to view Full Listing

This study is not currently recruiting Study Participants on ClinicalConnection.com. The form below is not enabled.