This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition chronic kidney disease
Treatment structured exercise
Sponsor Department of Veterans Affairs
Start date July 2010
End date December 2014
Trial size 100 participants
Trial identifier NCT01036490, F7264-R


Patients with type 2 diabetes, obesity, and chronic kidney disease are generally physically inactive, have a high mortality rate, and may benefit from an exercise program. This study seeks to determine if a structured exercise program will benefit the heart (improved exercise tolerance, decreased blood pressure) and/or the kidney (decreased protein loss in urine and stabilization of kidney function) and lead to improvements in diabetes, body composition, and quality of life.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification safety/efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
structured exercise
Exercise training for 12 weeks followed by home exercise for 40 weeks

Primary Outcomes

Decrease in proteinuria
time frame: 1 year

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Diabetes mellitus - CKD Stages 2-4 - BMI > 30 - Persistent proteinuria (urine protein/creatinine > 200 mg/g for > 3 mo) - On treatment with ACE inhibitor or ARB - On treatment with aspirin - On treatment with statin (if LDL > 100) Exclusion Criteria: - Symptomatic neuropathy/retinopathy - Positive stress test due to coronary arterial disease - Symptomatic cardiovascular disease - Congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association Class III or IV) - Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (FEV1 < 50% predicted and/or requires supplemental oxygen support during exercise) - Complaints of angina during the stress test - Cerebrovascular disease/cognitive impairment - Renal transplant - Inability to walk on the treadmill - Any unforeseen illness or disability that would preclude exercise testing or training - Participation in a formal exercise program within the previous 12 weeks

Additional Information

Official title Structured Exercise in Obese Diabetic Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease
Principal investigator David J Leehey
Description Patients with type 2 diabetes, obesity, and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are generally physically inactive, have a high mortality rate, and may benefit from an exercise program. However, there have been no randomized controlled trials to determine the benefits of exercise training in this population. This study seeks to substantiate the hypothesis that increasing energy expenditure by exercise training in the obese diabetic patient with CKD will result in the following benefits: 1. Renal benefits, including reduction in proteinuria and stabilization of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) 2. Cardiovascular benefits, including decreased blood pressure, decreased heart rate, and increased exercise tolerance. 3. Improved glucose control (lower glycated hemoglobin), lipid control (decreased cholesterol with improved atherogenic profile) 4. Improved body composition (weight loss, increased lean body mass and decreased fat mass). 5. Decreased inflammation (assessed by high-sensitivity C-reactive protein), endothelial dysfunction (assessed by flow-mediated dilatation), and oxidative stress (assessed by reduced glutathione). 6. Increased health-related quality of life. In preparation for this proposal, we performed a 24-week randomized controlled feasibility study comparing aerobic exercise plus optimal medical management to medical management alone in patients with type 2 diabetes, obesity (BMI > 30 kg/m2), and stage 2-4 CKD (eGFR 15-90 mL/min/1.73m2) with persistent proteinuria of > 200 mg/g. Subjects randomized to exercise underwent thrice weekly aerobic training for 6 followed by 18 weeks of supervised home exercise. The primary outcome variable was change in proteinuria. Exercise training resulted in a significant improvement in exercise duration during stress testing which persisted until 24 weeks. This was accompanied by significant decreases in resting systolic blood pressure and 24-hour proteinuria at 24 weeks. No changes were seen in the control group. We concluded that exercise training in obese diabetic patients with CKD is feasible and results in a demonstrable training effect (increased exercise duration and decreased resting blood pressure). Moreover, it may decrease proteinuria and thus have a renoprotective effect. We now propose a larger-scale randomized controlled trial to determine the effects of exercise on renal functions, cardiovascular fitness, inflammation, and oxidative stress in diabetic patients with CKD. This will be a 52-week randomized study based on our pilot study design with some modifications. As opposed to the 6-week training period and 18-week home exercise period utilized in the pilot study, subjects randomized to exercise will undergo 12 weeks of intensive exercise training in the exercise laboratory followed by 40 weeks of supervised home exercise training (total duration of study 1 year). Moreover, due to recent recommendations that resistance training be incorporated into exercise training regimens in type 2 diabetic patients, we will incorporate resistance (strength) training in this proposal. The primary outcome variable will be a decrease in proteinuria (albuminuria and total proteinuria) at 12 and 52 weeks. As in the pilot study, blood pressure (BP), glycated hemoglobin, lipid profile, C-reactive protein (CRP) levels, and body weight and composition will be secondary outcome variables. In addition we will examine indices of endothelial dysfunction (by flow-mediated dilatation) and oxidative stress (plasma and urine malondialdehyde). Moreover, since blood pressure is such an important determinant of renal outcomes, we will take advantage of the VA Telehealth program to monitor home BPs in all subjects. This will allow us to capture BP data not available in the pilot study. We will also perform Quality of Life (QoL) evaluations, as such data are important for this project in order to establish that exercise can produce a meaningful improvement in perception of health in this population, as well as the Index of Coexistent Diseases (ICED) to measure comorbidities to determine if comorbid conditions had any influence on the outcomes of the study. The Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) will also be used to determine the influence of depression (covariate) on study outcomes and adherence with the study objectives. This study will directly address the effects of a structured exercise program in a patient population at high risk for cardiovascular complications. We will specifically address the novel idea that exercise will not only improve cardiovascular fitness but will also ameliorate the renal complications resulting from diabetes.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2015.
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