Food Choices and Scleroderma Research Study
Many people living
with scleroderma perceive that what they eat influences their symptoms related
to scleroderma. This study is inspired
by people attending the Scleroderma Foundation Patient Education Conference who expressed
a desire for research such as this to be conducted.
If you are a person with scleroderma and you experience
gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, cramping, nausea, vomiting,
regurgitation, diarrhea, constipation etc., you may be eligible to participate in this research study. It is run by the New Orleans Scleroderma Patient Care and Research Center (Lesley Ann Saketkoo, MD, MPH, Tulane University Lung Center) using
telephone counseling and online questionnaires to assess the impact of various
diets that might impact symptoms in scleroderma.
If you are interested in participating, you will
be asked to provide consent and allow us to contact your doctor to send us a
few recent lab results.
Some facts about the research study:
The diet lasts for four weeks only.
You are not able to choose your diet.
Study organizers can’t tell you what is special about your
diet until after the four weeks.
The study is conducted by telephone and online.
There are questionnaires to fill out online or
by telephone just before you start the study and during the last week of your
All study diet options are known to be safe and
healthy and should not affect weight gain or loss.
The study diets are guided by general
instructions regarding food choices; there are no specific assigned meals;
however, study organizers may provide recipes that you might be interested that fit with your
Participants cannot have a positive test for
celiac disease as this may confuse symptoms related to celiac versus
If participants are already on a special type of
diet; if they desire to participate they may have to stop that diet for
a few weeks before starting the study diet.
(Some exceptions to this are diabetic diets, low cholesterol or heart
diets. These diets are allowed.
There is no monetary compensation for
We hope to understand if any parts of a diet
affect symptoms related to scleroderma.
You will be informed of the study results as
soon as the analysis is complete!
If you are interested in participating, email CTDresearch@tulane.edu
with your name and telephone number. Dr. Saketkoo or Ms. Jensen will call
and/or email you.