Almond group for Inflammation

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Loma Linda, CA
Inflammation+2 More
Almond group - DietarySupplement
Eligible conditions

Study Summary

This study is evaluating whether almonds can improve immune function and immune response to influenza vaccine in overweight middle-aged men.

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Eligible Conditions

  • Inflammation
  • Immune Responses

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

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Study Objectives

This trial is evaluating whether Almond group will improve 7 primary outcomes and 3 secondary outcomes in patients with Inflammation. Measurement will happen over the course of baseline to 12 weeks.

baseline to 12 weeks
changes in blood zinc levels
changes in complete blood count (CBC)
changes in lymphocyte activity and cytokine production
changes in lymphocyte populations
changes in natural killer (NK) cell activity
changes in serum inflammatory cytokine concentration
baseline to 28 weeks
changes in blood vitamin E levels
changes in upper respiratory infection questionnaire score
Week 20
changes in neutralizing antibody titers against hemagglutinin and neuraminidase of the vaccine strain
changes in the viral load in response to vaccination

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

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Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

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Experimental Treatment
Non-Treatment Group

This trial requires 54 total participants across 2 different treatment groups

This trial involves 2 different treatments. Almond Group is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will all receive the same treatment. Some patients will receive a placebo treatment. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.

The almond group will receive 15% of their daily energy intake in the form of almonds
The placebo group will receive an isocaloric carbohydrate based pretzel snack

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: week 12 to 20 weeks
This trial has the following approximate timeline: 3 weeks for initial screening, variable treatment timelines, and roughly week 12 to 20 weeks for reporting.

Closest Location

Loma Linda University School of Public Health - Loma Linda, CA

Eligibility Criteria

This trial is for male patients aged 18 and older. There are 3 eligibility criteria to participate in this trial as listed below.

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
Overweight men (Basal Metabolic Index 25-32)
Age limit between 40-65 years
Be able to commute to Loma Linda University

Patient Q&A Section

Is almond group safe for people?

"The safety of this almond/milk (sugartt) product is not in question. Recent findings are reassuring and support an almond/milk product in a healthy diet as appropriate, safe, and rewarding." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Can overweight be cured?

"In our study, despite diet recommendations to the contrary, the relapse to normal BMI and the reversal of excess body fat (or fat sparing method) was found to occur. Obesity is not a static state and BMI of the overweight may be affected by lifestyle, socioeconomics and mental factors. For these reasons, further studies on a larger cohort are required to clarify the real causes of the relapsing and reverting of weight." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the signs of overweight?

"Symptoms of obesity include feeling full quickly; getting very tired; having a heart failure; having a heart attack; getting a heart failure if overweight; and being out of breath." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What causes overweight?

"About half of the British general population is categorized as overweight, which is less common than is the case in the US and Europe. More than 10% of this population would benefit from a diet that helps them to meet the recommended levels of physical activity." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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How many people get overweight a year in the United States?

"There are more than two million men and women currently designated as overweight that will be overweight and obese at some point in time. The lifetime incidence of overweight and obesity in the United States is expected to be a function of age, sex and race, although race-specific estimates are not available." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is overweight?

"Overweight is a disorder characterized by excessive fat accumulation in adipose tissues and overabdomen and can be detected through BMI. The frequency of obese population in Egypt is increasing progressively and will be of great concern in the near future. The main factors that affect the weight of a population are the environment, heredity and diet." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are common treatments for overweight?

"Many factors may explain variations in weight management between people. Obesity treatment often involves a combination of weight loss and diet modification, and may be implemented at any stage of obesity." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the average age someone gets overweight?

"Obesity is becoming more frequent at an earlier age, with the highest rates of obesity reported in children under the age of 10. Although there are no statistically significant differences in overweight rates between males and females, males in the 5-19 age group, women ≥ 20 and 20-24 age groups are the higher rate groups. These data suggest that early obesity prevention should begin in childhood and continue throughout adolescence." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What are the common side effects of almond group?

"The almond group had a positive effect on several facets of cognition. An improved memory pattern, less subjective sleepiness and better overall mood were seen. The patients found the group useful and reported that they were more motivated to take care of their memory and attention. A larger study was considered for further development." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does almond group improve quality of life for those with overweight?

"Use of alphascent group intervention improved quality of life for overweight persons. Overweight individuals benefit by participating in a group, which provides a forum for peers with similar backgrounds and interests, to experience shared solutions and challenges to lifestyle change." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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Does overweight run in families?

"Although there's a great deal of literature regarding the association between childhood obesity and adult obesity this was the first study to report this in a large study population. Recent findings confirms the association between parental overweight and the chance that family members are overweight. The magnitude of this relationship is surprising, as overweight children do not seem to be influencing their parents in any way at this age. Therefore, we suggest that parental overweight and obesity are likely the major determinants of the overall propensity to be overweight since childhood. Further research is needed to confirm the extent of intergenerational effect of overweight and obesity." - Anonymous Online Contributor

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What is the primary cause of overweight?

"Given the magnitude and relevance of obesity, prevention should be the first priority to reduce its future consequences. The primary drivers should be addressed specifically at various level of population: population- and group-specific, individual- and group-specific, and environmental-level." - 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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