Volunteers sought for weight-loss study

Curcumin root and turmeric powder
Curcumin root and turmeric powder

A CSU researcher is seeking volunteers to participate in a study on a dietary supplement that may promote weight loss and improve control of blood sugar.

In the study, being conducted by the Human Performance Clinical/Research Laboratory in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, participants will be given only natural ingredients: curcumin and alpha-lipoic acid.

Volunteers should be 18-65 years old, weigh more than they desire, and/or have a fasting blood sugar (glucose) concentration greater than 100 mg/dL. Volunteers should not currently be using medications for weight loss or blood sugar control.

Participants will receive financial compensation for time spent in the laboratory. They will be asked to exercise, undergo measures of metabolic rate (how many calories are burned) and blood sugar control, provide blood and muscle samples, and eat the small dietary supplement (capsules) daily for 12 weeks.

The investigators in the study are Christopher Bell, a CSU associate professor of health and exercise science, and Sreejayan Nair, an associate professor in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wyoming, where the collected tissue samples will be tested at the cellular level.

The two-year study, which is funded by a National Institutes of Health program called IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence, ends next summer.

The Department of Health and Exercise Science is in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

For more information, contact the lab at 970-491-3495 or physiology@cahs.colostate.edu.

This protocol has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at CSU (Protocol# 13-4282H).