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Weight Loss for Lipedema (Lipedema Trial)

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Led By Samuel Klein, MD
Research Sponsored by Washington University School of Medicine
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Women with obesity and lipedema (BMI >30.0 kg/m² and <50.0 kg/m²)
Diagnosis of Lipedema
Must not have
Medical, surgical or biological menopause
Previous bariatric surgery
Timeline
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up 7 months
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Summary

This trial is looking at women with a disorder called lipedema, which causes them to store fat abnormally and have leg pain. They will be compared to similar women without the disorder to see what differences there are.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for women with lipedema, a condition causing abnormal fat accumulation in the legs. Eligible participants include lean women (BMI between 19.5 and 26) and those with obesity (BMI between 30 and 50), without type 2 diabetes, significant organ dysfunction, or recent cancer. They shouldn't have had bariatric surgery or be on certain medications.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study investigates how diet-induced weight loss affects body composition, insulin sensitivity, and fat tissue biology in women with lipedema. It involves comprehensive testing against control groups to understand the impact of weight loss as a potential therapy for managing lipedema.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
While not explicitly stated, potential side effects may include typical reactions to dietary changes such as fatigue, digestive discomforts like bloating or constipation, nutrient deficiencies if not monitored properly, and psychological impacts due to lifestyle alterations.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
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I am a woman with a BMI between 30 and 50, and have lipedema.
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I have been diagnosed with Lipedema.
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I am a woman with lipedema and my BMI is between 19.5 and 26.

Exclusion Criteria

You may be eligible for the trial if you check “No” for criteria below:
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I have gone through menopause naturally or due to medical reasons.
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I have had weight loss surgery in the past.
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My cancer has been in remission for less than 5 years.
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I have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
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I do not have severe diabetes, lung, kidney, or heart problems.
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I have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
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I am not on medications that could interfere with the study or increase risk during it.
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I am able to understand and agree to the study on my own.

Timeline

Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~7 months
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and 7 months for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Body Composition and Fat distribution
Immune system function (obese women with lipedema and BMI-matched controls)
Metabolic function
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Side effects data

From 2016 Phase 3 trial • 150 Patients • NCT00856609
98%
hunger decrease
60%
Nausea
57%
Headache
40%
Diarrhea
35%
Constipation
33%
Injection site reaction
33%
Gastroesophageal reflux
30%
Itchiness
28%
Vomiting
25%
hypoglycemia
15%
Skin rash
10%
Palpitations
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
Study treatment Arm
Placebo
Exenatide

Trial Design

1Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Group I: Baseline Lipedema characterizationExperimental Treatment1 Intervention
Body composition and Fat distribution, adipose tissue biology, metabolic and immune function in women with Lipedema. Participants will receive a low-calorie diet therapy in the form of low calorie meals or shakes.
Treatment
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
Weight loss
2010
Completed Phase 4
~1790

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Washington University School of MedicineLead Sponsor
1,949 Previous Clinical Trials
2,307,538 Total Patients Enrolled
Samuel Klein, MDPrincipal InvestigatorWashington University School of Medicine
27 Previous Clinical Trials
2,201 Total Patients Enrolled

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