Examining the effects of a high protein diet on clinical outcomes in heart failure
Lorraine S. Evangelista, PhD, RN, FAAN
UC Irvine Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center
This research project was designed to study the role of dietary modifications in heart failure (HF) patients that suffer from type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity. Specifically, the purpose of this study is to determine whether or not heart failure patients participating in a three-month intensive lifestyle modification program of either a high protein (30 percent of total calories from protein) group will have a significant improvement in weight reduction, quality of life and clinical outcomes compared to a standardized protein (15 percent of total calories from protein) group.
Diagnosis of heart failure and BMI of greater than 27 along with indications of diabetes mellitus.
Comprehensive intervention lasts three months followed by 12 months of follow up. There will be a total of nine visits to the university medical center during patient participation.
Research has shown that increased amounts of protein in the diet can improve weight loss because protein makes people feel fuller for longer than other nutrients. The anticipated benefit is weight loss especially in heart failure patients who eat a diet made up of 30 percent protein as compared with heart failure patients who eat a diet made up of 15 percent protein.
Volunteers can earn up to $300 for completion of the study.