iSIPsmarter for Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages+1 More
iSIPsmarter - Behavioral
All Sexes
Eligible conditions

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether a website can help people reduce their sugar consumption.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
  • Habits, Diet

Treatment Effectiveness

Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether iSIPsmarter will improve 1 primary outcome and 4 secondary outcomes in patients with Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. Measurement will happen over the course of Baseline, 9-weeks (immediate-post follow-up).

Baseline, 6-months, 18 months
Change from baseline sugar-sweetened beverage at 6-months and 18 months
Baseline, 9-weeks (immediate-post follow-up)
Change from baseline sugar-sweetened beverage at 9-weeks
Month 18
Change from baseline overall dietary quality at 9-weeks, 6-months and 18 months
Change from baseline overall quality of life at 9-weeks, 6-months and 18 months
Change from baseline weight at 9-weeks, 6-months and 18 months

Trial Safety

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

Patient Education (PE)
1 of 2
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

This trial requires 244 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. ISIPsmarter is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

iSIPsmarter is a technology-based behavioral and health literacy intervention. It is comprised of six Internet-delivered Cores, an integrated short message service (SMS) strategy to engage users in tracking SSB behaviors, and the incorporation of a cellular enabled scale for in-home weight tracking. Participants will be prompted (via email or text) to self-monitor their sugar-sweetened beverage intake. iSIPsmarter is a highly interactive, structured, and self-guided program that uses strategies previously proven to promote behavior change. iSIPsmarter also incorporates a stepped care approach to re-engage users who struggle to complete components.
Patient Education (PE)
he PE website will include scientifically accurate information that is typical of nutrition education websites and will include information about SSB recommendations, types of SSB and portion size, SSB-related health risks, energy balance information, identifying personal motivators and barriers to reducing SSB intake, interpreting SSB nutrition labels, and recognizing media influences and misclaims in SSB advertisements, as well as printable forms to track SSB and weight. Unlike iSIPsmarter, the content will not be tailored and will be presented all at once.

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: baseline, 9-weeks (immediate-post follow-up), 6-months, 18 months
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly baseline, 9-weeks (immediate-post follow-up), 6-months, 18 months for reporting.

Who is running the study

Principal Investigator
J. Z. R.
Jamie Zoellner RD, PhD
University of Virginia

Closest Location

University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for patients born any sex aged 18 and older. There is one eligibility criterion to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
English speaking adults, > or equal to 18 years of age, consume >200 kcals of SSB/day, ability and willingness to access an internet-enabled device at least one time per week and receive SMS-based reminder prompts.

Patient Q&A Section

Have there been any new discoveries for treating sugar-sweetened beverages?

"A better understanding of the role of SSB in fostering obesity-related chronic diseases should help identify and explore new therapeutic strategies for alleviating SSB-induced toxicity as a part of obesity prevention." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is sugar-sweetened beverages?

"In a recent study, findings from a survey of US students suggest that individuals are reluctant to change the behavior that they rely on to avoid sugar consumption. A substantial decline in the consumption of SSBs occurs around the time that these students are beginning their collegiate careers." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How many people get sugar-sweetened beverages a year in the United States?

"More than one-third of the American population consumes one or more foods or beverages containing added sugars. In 1997, a quarter of the U.S. population consumed at least one added sugar product on an average day. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the predominant source of added sugars in the US population. At least four-fifths of the total sugar intake among individuals 6 years of age and older derives from added sugars (including added sugars that were not measured in the current assessment), and a similar proportion of individuals 6 years and older has a healthy weight (BMI<25.0)." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes sugar-sweetened beverages?

"The observed associations between SSB and weight loss should be interpreted cautiously given the potential for residual confounding. In conclusion, neither drinking a greater quantity of SSB annually nor drinking a sugary beverage on a daily basis is sufficient to cause weight loss per se. Instead, it appears that the metabolic characteristics of the individual drinking an unhealthy diet are the most important determinants of weight loss." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for sugar-sweetened beverages?

"Overall, beverages appear to be the most common treatment for certain conditions. Although it has not been established as of yet whether this is due to coerced or true preference. Efforts to inform the public, especially children, must be made to help people resist the temptation to drink these beverages." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of sugar-sweetened beverages?

"These products are associated with obesity and may be a sign of high BMI in children and adolescents, especially in men. Sugar-sweetened beverages are a potential hazard in the diet of some children." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can sugar-sweetened beverages be cured?

"There was a significant decrease in blood glucose levels following consumption of SSB in the morning and afternoon. Results suggest that SSBs may have a beneficial effect on the management of Type 1 diabetes, particularly in individuals with Type 1 diabetes for whom carbohydrate metabolism is problematic." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the common side effects of isipsmarter?

"This small study suggests that the side effect profile is very similar to that of propane. Findings from a recent study provides a compelling rationale for future studies in this area based on a clear understanding of the side effects of propane-based products, which will ultimately benefit patients and permit more effective, efficient medical care." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does isipsmarter improve quality of life for those with sugar-sweetened beverages?

"Among individuals with sugar-sweetened beverages in their diet, health care providers can be counselled to recommend drinking > 7 fl oz/d to decrease SSB consumption; this will enhance the chance of improving quality of life, decrease health care expenditures and hopefully help decrease alcohol-related morbidity and mortality." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is isipsmarter?

"In comparison to the isopmarter test, the isipsmarter is only one tenth of the price and does not have equal accuracy. However, some clinical studies that use the isipsmarter test as a screening or screening-to-referor use it because it does not require the patient to have an appointment with a physician to do it, and the majority of patients did not know how the test would be used so they did not expect the test result to affect what treatment they received or get." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does sugar-sweetened beverages run in families?

"Obesity, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and metabolic syndrome were more prevalent in subjects with a paternal history of SSS. The associations between these variables and sugar-sweetened beverages were more pronounced among men or among subjects with one or more maternal characteristics that increase their risk factors. This information may be useful for health professionals in developing clinical guidelines to improve diabetes and obesity control in subjects who drink sugar-sweetened beverages." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What does isipsmarter usually treat?

"At least six treatments have been used in ISM to successfully treat a variety of conditions, from sleep and [migraine]( disturbances to arthritis and fibromyalgia syndromes, and from cancer manifestations to [HIV-1 infection with the drug AZT] and [a combination with anti-malarial drug primaquine]. The exact conditions or disorders that ISM has been reported to treat have ranged from sleep disturbances to severe medical conditions like [HIV-1 infection with the drug AZT] and [a combination with anti-malarial drug primaquine]. For both treatment and research related reasons, [www.withpower." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Please Note: These questions and answers are submitted by anonymous patients, and have not been verified by our internal team.
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