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Farmington, Connecticut 06030


The purpose of this study is to examine whether muscle strength and balance will improve in women with frailty selected for dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) levels below 550 ng/dl treated with DHEAS supplementation and Hatha yoga. Investigators believe the effects of both treatments will improve outcomes more than either treatment alone and may be additive; in addition, lean body mass, skeletal muscle mass, markers of bone turnover and physical performance will improve following treatment with DHEA and/or yoga.

Study summary:

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEAS) and yoga may mitigate or reverse the effects of aging and frailty on bone, muscle and balance loss. The mechanism of the effects may be direct - working through androgen or estrogen receptors in bone, muscle or brain. Or the effects may be indirect, countering effects of the stress response. The specific aims of this study are: 1. To determine the effects of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) supplementation and/or Hatha yoga on muscle strength, balance, body composition and physical performance measures over 6 months in women with osteopenia and some degree of frailty 2. To determine the effect of dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) supplementation and/or Hatha yoga on function (physical and cognitive), bone metabolism, and cardiovascular risk factors.


Inclusion Criteria: - Women over age 65 years - Bone mineral density t-score less than -1 - At least one of the five components of the frailty phenotype (low hand grip strength, low walking speed, low physical activity, weight loss or sense of exhaustion) - DHEAS levels less than 550 ng/dl - Able to come or be brought to the University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) for outpatient visits - Mammogram within the preceding 12 months Exclusion Criteria: - Disease or medication known to affect bone or muscle metabolism (i.e., Paget's disease, osteomalacia or 25OHD level less than 10 ng/dl, hyperparathyroidism: current use of corticosteroids, calcitonin, heparin, phenytoin, phenobarbital, methotrexate, bisphosphonates, calcitonin, selective estrogen receptor modulator or PTH) - Use of androgen or estrogen in the preceding year - Use of psychiatric medications including antipsychotic medications and SSRI - Metastatic or advanced cancer (other than skin cancer) - History of breast cancer - Active cardiac ischemia by history of angina or myocardial infarction in the preceding 6 months



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Principal Investigator
Anne Kenny, MD
University of Connecticut Center on Aging

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Farmington, Connecticut 06030
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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