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Administrative data

NCT number NCT01224886
Other study ID # AGIR
Secondary ID Protocol 188/10
Status Recruiting
Phase N/A
First received
Last updated
Start date October 2010
Est. completion date October 2019

Study information

Verified date May 2018
Source University of Lausanne
Contact Francesca Amati, MD, PhD
Phone +41 21 692 5552
Is FDA regulated No
Health authority
Study type Interventional

Clinical Trial Summary

Insulin resistance is a crucial factor for the development of type 2 diabetes and a major health problem for older adults. It is the principal mechanism by which obesity is considered to increase the risk for type 2 diabetes and is a key feature of the metabolic syndrome. The elevated prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the older population has important consequences on the morbidity and mortality as well as on the economic burden on society. Controversy currently exists as to whether or not aging contributes to insulin resistance. Many potential factors confound the association between aging and insulin resistance, including obesity and physical inactivity.

Ectopic lipid depositions, defined as an excess accumulation of triglycerides in non adipose tissues such as in the liver (intrahepatic lipids) and within the muscle fibers (intramyocellular lipids), are positively associated with obesity and insulin resistance. Furthermore, the accumulation of intracellular lipids is often cited as being a key determinant in the underlying mechanisms of insulin resistance. In addition of playing an important role in obesity and type 2 diabetes, these ectopic fat depositions are also observed in common conditions such as aging and physical inactivity.

The intervention trial will test in skeletal muscle, liver and heart of sedentary obese volunteers, normal weight volunteers and masters athletes, the overall hypotheses that exercise improvement of fat oxidation capacity and/or decrease of damaging fat metabolites is a primary factor that predicts the improvement in insulin resistance.

Recruitment information / eligibility

Status Recruiting
Enrollment 150
Est. completion date October 2019
Est. primary completion date October 2019
Accepts healthy volunteers Accepts Healthy Volunteers
Gender All
Age group 60 Years to 80 Years
Eligibility Inclusion Criteria:

- Age 60-80

- Sedentary or highly trained

- BMI 18-40

- Non-Smoker

- Normal glucose tolerance or impaired glucose tolerance

- Willingness to comply with the protocol

Exclusion Criteria:

- Contraindication to moderate exercise or clinical conditions precluding from joining an exercise program, such as clinically significant cardiovascular disease, peripheral vascular disease, uncontrolled hypertension, neurological or orthopedic disease

- Recent weight loss or weight gain

- Known diabetes

- Known drugs to affect glucose homeostasis such as nicotinic acid, glucocorticoids

- Severe anemia or lipid disturbances, hepatic or renal disease

- Recent history of cancer

- Hypothyroidism

- Recent hormone replacement therapy

- Known allergy to lidocaine or other local anesthetic

- Positive stress test

- Active alcohol or substance abuse

Study Design

Related Conditions & MeSH terms


Physical activity
Supervised exercise intervention


Country Name City State
Switzerland University of Bern Bern
Switzerland UNIL and CHUV Lausanne

Sponsors (2)

Lead Sponsor Collaborator
University of Lausanne Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois

Country where clinical trial is conducted


References & Publications (5)

Amati F, Broskey NT, Carnero EA. Evidence of systematic and proportional error in a widely used glucose oxidase analyser: impact for clinical research? Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2014 May;80(5):768-70. doi: 10.1111/cen.12274. Epub 2013 Jul 19. — View Citation

Broskey NT, Boss A, Fares EJ, Greggio C, Gremion G, Schlüter L, Hans D, Kreis R, Boesch C, Amati F. Exercise efficiency relates with mitochondrial content and function in older adults. Physiol Rep. 2015 Jun;3(6). pii: e12418. doi: 10.14814/phy2.12418. — View Citation

Broskey NT, Daraspe J, Humbel BM, Amati F. Skeletal muscle mitochondrial and lipid droplet content assessed with standardized grid sizes for stereology. J Appl Physiol (1985). 2013 Sep 1;115(5):765-70. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00063.2013. Epub 2013 Jun 2 — View Citation

Broskey NT, Greggio C, Boss A, Boutant M, Dwyer A, Schlueter L, Hans D, Gremion G, Kreis R, Boesch C, Canto C, Amati F. Skeletal muscle mitochondria in the elderly: effects of physical fitness and exercise training. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 May;99(5) — View Citation

Greggio C, Jha P, Kulkarni SS, Lagarrigue S, Broskey NT, Boutant M, Wang X, Conde Alonso S, Ofori E, Auwerx J, Cantó C, Amati F. Enhanced Respiratory Chain Supercomplex Formation in Response to Exercise in Human Skeletal Muscle. Cell Metab. 2017 Feb 7;25(2):301-311. doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2016.11.004. Epub 2016 Dec 1. — View Citation


Type Measure Description Time frame Safety issue
Primary Insulin sensitivity 0-4 months
Primary Ectopic lipids 0-4 months
Primary Oxidative capacity 0-4 months
Secondary Body composition 0-4 months
Secondary Metabolic flexibility 0-4 months
Secondary Exercise efficiency 0-4 months
Secondary Physical fitness 0-4 months
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