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Zinc Supplementation in Patients With β-Thalassemia Major Complicated With Diabetes Mellitus

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03851055
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 22, 2019
Last Update Posted : February 25, 2019
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Nancy Samir Elbarbary, Ain Shams University

Brief Summary:

Beta-thalassemia represents a group of recessive inherited hemoglobin disorders characterized by reduced synthesis of β-globin chain. The homozygous state (β-thalassemia major) "TM" results in severe anemia, which needs regular blood transfusion . The life expectancy in patients with TM has increased due to therapeutically management, such as frequent transfusion, desferal administration and bone marrow transplantation. Diabetes is clinically characterized by hyperglycemia due to either low circulating concentrations of, or decreased sensitivity to, insulin. Patients with TM typically exhibit β-cell or insulin insufficiency, and may develop diabetes due to toxic levels of iron in their pancreas, one of the strongest predictors of β-cell destruction. By contrast, hyperinsulinemia, secondary to insulin resistance, with normal glucose tolerance has also been observed.

The pathogenic mechanisms leading from siderosis to diabetes are poorly understood.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Beta-thalassemia Major Complicated With Diabetes Drug: Zinc Phase 3

Detailed Description:

Zinc(Zn) is a critical trace element in human health. Zinc has a potential to be utilized for the treatment of type 2 diabetes; however, evidence suggests that the effect of Zn on type 2 diabetes remains unclear. Up to 85% of the whole body Zn content is found in muscle and bones, with 11% in the skin and liver .Zn is an indispensable co-factor for more than 300 enzymes involved in metabolism and also reportedly plays a role in aging, immune system, apoptosis, and oxidative stress.

Although the effect of zinc supplementation in the improvement of oxidative stress is controversial, one of the causes that the oxidative stress is present in patients with type 2 diabetes is the change in zinc metabolism. Recent studies have demonstrated that the islet-restricted zinc transporter, ZnT8 (SLC30A8), regulates insulin secretion and hepatic insulin clearance, suggesting that Zn is a key biological factor in glucose homeostasis and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

In patients without thalassemia, there is a rich body of literature focused on the "diabetogenic effects" of altered zinc status.

Zinc supplementation has even been suggested as an adjunct therapy in the management of non-thalassemia related diabetes .Functional zinc deficiency exists in a contemporary sample of healthy β-thalassemic patients. An estimated 20% to 30% of patients with β-thalassemia are zinc deficient. The high prevalence is thought to be related to a combination of increased urinary losses compounded by elevated requirements.

Glucose homeostasis and its relation to Zinc status has not been widely studied especially in Egyptian children and adolescents with β-thalassemia major.

The aim of this study is to:

  1. Assess zinc status in patients with β-thalassemia major and diabetes mellitus and its relation to clinical and laboratory parameters of these patients.
  2. Effect of zinc supplementation on glucose homeostasis in patients with β-thalassemia major and diabetes mellitus.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 80 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effect of Zinc Supplementation on Glucose Homeostasis in Patients With β-Thalassemia Major Complicated With Diabetes Mellitus
Actual Study Start Date : August 1, 2017
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 10, 2018
Actual Study Completion Date : August 28, 2018

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Thalassemia

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: intervention group
will receive zinc supplementation
Drug: Zinc
One arm will receive Zinc Second arm will receive placebo

No Intervention: Control group
Patients will receive placebo only

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Fasting blood glucose mg/dl [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    the change in fasting blood glucose level after the 12 weeks of treatment in the intervention group when compared to the placebo group.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. HbA1c% [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    changes in HbA1c% levels

  2. fructosamine mg/dl [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    changes in fructosamine levels mg/dl

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Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Gender Based Eligibility:   Yes
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with β-thalassemia major and diabetes confirmed by history, examination and investigation.
  • Patients on regular visits to clinic.
  • Age more than 10 years old.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Those who refused to lay informed consent.
  • Those below age limit.
  • Patients with other disorders that may affect glucose homeostasis rather than TM.
  • Patients with autoimmune disease, collagen diseases, infections, tumors, hematological diseases other than Thalassemia major.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03851055

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Nancy Elbarbary
Cairo, Egypt, 11361
Sponsors and Collaborators
Ain Shams University
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Responsible Party: Nancy Samir Elbarbary, Professor of Pediatrics, Ain Shams University Identifier: NCT03851055    
Other Study ID Numbers: Ain shams Pediatrics 3082019
First Posted: February 22, 2019    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 25, 2019
Last Verified: February 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: Patients data and identity are totally anonymous to the study group

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No
Keywords provided by Nancy Samir Elbarbary, Ain Shams University:
blood glucose
beta thalassemia
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Diabetes Mellitus
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases
Anemia, Hemolytic, Congenital
Anemia, Hemolytic
Hematologic Diseases
Genetic Diseases, Inborn