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Randomized Controlled Trial of Resistant Starch to Reduce Colon Cancer Risk in Alaska Native People. (NCT03028831)

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Alaska native people (AN) have the highest recorded incidence and death rate from colon cancer in the world (>90:100,000). We hypothesize that the AN, despite their high consumption of anti-inflammatory and antineoplastic n-3 fish oils, are at increased risk of colon cancer because of colonic butyrate deficiency resulting from their remarkably low consumption of fiber-containing foods. We hypothesize that fiber supplementation of their usual diet will result in a bloom of butyrate producing microbes in the colon, resulting in increased butyrate production, which will suppress their high microbial secondary bile acid production, antagonize the actions of other food (smoked fish) and environmental carcinogens (tobacco, alcohol), and interact with the high circulating levels of n-3 fish oils to suppress colonic inflammation and cancer risk. In order to investigate this, we will conduct a randomized double-blinded 4-week clinical trial in up to 100 randomizable healthy, middle-aged AN undergoing screening colonoscopy, with the objective of obtaining 60 completed interventions. The interventions will consist of either a high-dose soluble fiber supplement given as a drink, together with their usual diet which currently contains about 15g total fiber/d, or to a control digestible starch drink plus their usual diet. The primary endpoint will be a clinically significant reduction in Ki67 proliferative colonic mucosal biomarkers of cancer risk. Microbiome and metabolome mechanisms responsible for the anticipated changes in mucosal biomarkers will also be investigated. Our results in extreme risk AN will be further evaluated by comparison to similar measurements previously made in minimal risk rural Africans and intermediate risk African Americans. Our results will be used to provide the scientific basis for a definitive large-scale high-fiber supplementation study (to achieve >50g total fiber/d) to suppress adenomatous polyp recurrence following colonoscopy.
  • : 70g of fully digestible starch amylopectin corn starch
    Fully digestible amylopectin corn starch
    • : Resistant starch
      70g high-amylose maize starch
      Ages eligible for Study
      40 Years to 65 Years
      Genders eligible for Study
      Accepts Healthy Volunteers
      Accepts Healthy Volunteers
      Randomization for the double blind, placebo controlled, clinical trial: Recruitment will continue until 60 volunteers have completed the intervention study. Based on previous experience with similar studies, we anticipate 20% of screened patients to be ineligible or drop out, which means, so we plan on consenting and screening approximately 100 potential participants. Baseline data from these participants will be retained. Individuals will be randomized via minimisation (based on age, sex, polypectomy, high fish consumption, and BMI - factors that might influence microbiota composition and function)) to either the resistant starch (RS) group or the control digestible starch (DS) group upon completion of the Stabilization Period.

      1. RS Group: Participants will continue with their usual diet plus fiber supplement given as a daily dose of 70g high-amylose maize starch (HAM-RS, HI-MAIZE®260: Ingredion Incorporated, Bridgewater, NJ), which contains 42g of type 2 resistant starch, for 4 weeks. Data from previous studies[69] suggests that their usual diet will contain approximately 13g dietary fiber/day, chiefly insoluble, indicating that total fiber intake would be approx. 55g/d. Supplements will be pre-weighed out in batches from the same source and kept in airtight containers. The supplement may be taken as a single or divided dose dissolved in 250ml water, low fat milk, or orange juice

      2. DS (Control) Group participants will continue on their usual diet, plus 70g of fully digestible starch (waxy corn starch comprised of amylopectin, AMIOCA® corn starch, Ingredion Incorporated, Bridgewater, NJ ) weighed out, analyzed, and prepared as previously. The RS and control supplements will appear and taste similar, allowing for coding and distribution in a double-blind fashion. The supplements will be equicaloric.

      Interventions will include fecal and colonic content sampling for measurement of the microbiome and metabolome, and flexible sigmoidoscopy to obtain mucosal biopsies before and after the dietary supplementation.

      Monitoring During the Clinical Trial: This will follow the scheme laid out on Figure 7. On day 0, participants will visit the clinic and will be asked to save their first fecal sample using our standard operating procedure developed and proven to be effective in our last study. They will then be given their first supplement drink made up in their vehicle of choice, and taken with a standard meal provided by the diet kitchen. During the trial, they will be instructed on the use of a simple diary to be completed at home. This will record the major food items consumed each day, the timing and completion of drink supplements, as well as the bowel function questionnaire to assess daily GI tolerance, i.e. abdominal discomfort, distension, gas, bowel frequency, nausea, vomiting. They will be asked to return to the clinic for a follow-up appointment on day 7, 14 and 21 in order to repeat the fecal and breath tests described above. At the same time, body weight will be monitored using one scale. At the end of 4 weeks, participants will be asked to return to the clinic for repeat of the colonic sampling performed at baseline.

      2 locations

      United States (2)
      • Alaskan Native Tribal Health Consortium
        not yet recruiting
        Anchorage, Alaska, United States, 99508
      • Upittsburgh
        not yet recruiting
        Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213
      not yet recruiting
      31 January, 2018
      03 January, 2018
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