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Coconut Oil for Alzheimer's Disease

Start: June 2013
End: February 2017
Enrollment: 65

What Is This Study About?

The goal of this randomized study is to determine the efficacy of coconut oil as a possible treatment for older adults with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

Do I Qualify To Participate in This Study?

Minimum Age: 60 Years

Maximum Age: 85 Years

Must have:

  • Diagnosis of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease
  • Study partner who spends at least 10 hours/week with the participant and can attend clinic visits and provide information about the participant
  • Mini-Mental State Examination score of 16-26; Rosen Modified Hachinski Ischemic score of 4
  • Must undergo ApoE genetic laboratory testing at the baseline visit
  • If taking Alzheimer's disease medications such as cholinesterase inhibitors (donepezil, rivastigmine, or galantamine) and/or memantine, must be on stable dose for at least 3 months prior to screening and agree not to change these medications during the course of the study, unless medically necessary
  • If taking memory-enhancing nonprescription supplements (for example, gingko biloba, huperzine, resveratrol, or docosahexaenoic acid), must be on stable dose for at least 3 months prior to screening and agree not to change these medications during the course of the study
  • Fluent in English

Must NOT have:

  • Significant neurological or medical disease, other than Alzheimer's, that may affect cognition
  • Current major psychiatric disorder or symptoms that could affect the participant's ability to complete the study
  • Geriatric Depression Scale score of more than 6 or suicidal ideation
  • Current, clinically significant chronic illness, such as uncontrolled diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis, that is likely to result in deterioration of the participant's condition or safety during the study
  • History of clinically evident stroke, history of clinically significant carotid or vertebrobasilar stenosis, plaque or other risk factors for thromboembolic stroke
  • History of seizures
  • Myocardial infarction within the last 2 years; abnormal electrocardiogram at screening visit; uncontrolled hypertension within 6 months prior to screening
  • Cancer within the last 3 years, with the exception some carcinomas of the skin
  • Clinically significant infection within 30 days prior to screening.
  • Use of experimental or other investigational medications/devices for treatment within 90 days prior to screening
  • Laboratory findings of fasting total cholesterol greater than or equal to 240 mg/dL, fasting triglycerides greater than or equal to 200 mg/dL, or fasting glucose greater than or equal to 126 mg/dL
  • Other clinically significant abnormality seen on physical, neurological, laboratory, vital signs, or ECG examination (for example, changes consistent with recent infarction, ischemia, clinically significant arrhythmias, and clinically significant conduction defects)
  • Have taken coconut oil as a supplement or Axona (a medical food) within the last 30 days

If I Qualify, Who Do I Contact?

Contact study personnel listed either under the general study contact or the location nearest you.


Need Help?

Contact NIA’s Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center at 800-438-4380 or email ADEAR.

Where Is This Study Located?

Who Sponsors This Study?

Lead: University of South Florida

Source: ID: NCT01883648

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