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Effects of CLA Supplements on Body Weight and Fat Oxidation

This study has been completed.
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University of Wisconsin, Madison Identifier:
First received: September 12, 2005
Last updated: April 5, 2010
Last verified: April 2010

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is form of fat found in dairy foods, beef and other natural sources. When given to small animals, decreases of body fat have been noted.. Although weight loss is the best treatment for overweight and obesity, it is difficult to maintain the loss in the long term. Because of this, treatment emphasis has turned to small weight losses obtained through non-restrictive diets and prevention of weight regain. This is a study to determine if 6 months of consumption a purified form of CLA will result in greater loss of body fat than control and to determine whether CLA consumption increases total fat oxidation, which would help explain why the weight loss occurs.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: conjugated linoleic acid
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of CLA Supplements on Body Weight and Fat Oxidation

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Further study details as provided by University of Wisconsin, Madison:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • loss of body fat [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Body fatness

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • total fat oxidation [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Blood chemistries and general well being

Enrollment: 53
Study Start Date: July 2004
Study Completion Date: January 2008
Primary Completion Date: January 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: CLA Drug: conjugated linoleic acid
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: conjugated linoleic acid


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 44 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • BMI 25-29.9 kg/m2
  • Absence of a weight change of greater than 3 kg in the previous 6 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Presence of a physical limitation to walking exercise
  • Current or recent (6 months) enrollment in a commercial or self-prescribed weight loss program
  • A history of metabolic disease-ie. renal, endocrine, hepatic or gastrointestinal disease that would impact the outcome of the study
  • A history of a psychiatric or eating disorders Ÿ Presence of metal implants that would interfere with body composition analysis
  • Fasting plasma cholesterol >300mg/dl or triglycerides above 500 mg/dl.
  • Abnormal EKG
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00204932

United States, Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin, United States, 53706
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Study Chair: Dale A Schoeller, PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison
Principal Investigator: Dale A Schoeller, PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Dale A. Schoeller, University of Wisconsin-Madison Identifier: NCT00204932     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2004-0060
Study First Received: September 12, 2005
Last Updated: April 5, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Body Weight
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