The Effects of Apple Consumption on Cardiovascular Health in Prediabetics and Type 2 Diabetics
Regular Apple Consumption Improves Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Glycemic Control in Overweight and Obese Prediabetics and Type 2 Diabetics
  • Phase

    Phase 2
  • Study Type

  • Status

    Completed No Results Posted
  • Intervention/Treatment

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  • Study Participants

The hypothesis of this study is that the daily consumption of 75 g dried apple powder for twelve weeks will improve arterial stiffness and blood pressure by improving endothelial-mediated vasodilation and vascular sympathetic activity and favorably altering biochemical markers associated with cardiovascular risk and glycemic control compared to a macronutrient-matched control powder. 50 men and women between the ages of 45 and 65 with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes who are overweight or obese will be included in the study. After a two-week run-in phase, eligible men and women will be randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups: 1) 75 g dried apple powder; or 2) 75 g placebo powder daily for twelve weeks. After an initial telephone screening, all participants will be requested to report to the study site for their first visit. On the first visit (screening), participants will be provided with verbal and written explanation of the project. They will then be asked to sign an informed consent form, followed by measuring fasting glucose levels and a medical history questionnaire to confirm prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Baseline assessments will be performed for medical history, medication use, dietary intake, and physical activity. Qualified participants will be scheduled for their second visit two weeks later (actual baseline data collection) and randomly assigned to their treatment group. On the second (baseline) visit between the hours of 6:00-11:00 A.M., blood pressure and vascular function will be measured followed by blood draw and urine collection. Anthropometrics will be measured. Participants will be provided with their assigned treatment and will receive standard instructions on how to fill out daily diaries for their treatment, and for food and physical activity records. Blood pressure, vascular function, blood draw, urine collection, and anthropometric, body composition, diet, and physical activity assessments will be repeated at 6- (third visit), and 12-week (final visit) intervals. All cardiovascular measurements will be performed between 6:00 to 11:00 A.M., in a quiet temperature-controlled room in the supine position after an overnight fast and 12 hours after the abstinence of caffeine and/or 24 hours after the last bout of moderate to heavy physical activity.
Study Started
Aug 31
Primary Completion
Dec 31
Study Completion
Dec 31
Last Update
Dec 08

Dietary Supplement Apple

12 weeks of 75 g dried apple powder taken in 480 ml per day.

Dietary Supplement Placebo

12 weeks of 75 g apple-flavored placebo powder taken in 480 ml per day.

Apple Experimental

12 weeks of 75 g dried apple powder taken in 480 ml per day.

  • Dietary Supplement Apple

Placebo Placebo Comparator

12 weeks of 75 g apple-flavored placebo powder taken in 480 ml per day.


Inclusion Criteria:

Men and women (1 to 10 years postmenopausal)
Aged 45-65 years
Prediabetes or Type 2 Diabetes (Hemoglobin A1c ≥ 5.7%)
Overweight or obese (body mass index between 25 and 40 kg/m2)

Exclusion Criteria:

Diagnosed cardiovascular disease
Uncontrolled hypertension (≥ 160/100 mmHg)
Other active chronic diseases such as cancer, asthma, glaucoma, thyroid, kidney, liver and pancreatic disease
Participating in a weight loss program
Heavy smokers (> 20 cigarettes per day)
Heavy drinkers (> 12 alcoholic drinks per week)
Consumption of more than two apples per week
Body mass index less than 25 or greater than 40 kg/m2)
No Results Posted