for females ages 55 years and up (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
at La Jolla, California
study started
completion around
Principal Investigator
by Dorothy Sears
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Dorothy Sears



This protocol "Sedentary Behavior Interrupted: A randomized crossover trial of acute effects on biomarkers of healthy aging in the laboratory (Project 1)" is part of a National Institutes of Aging Program Grant called "Sedentary Time & Aging Mortality and Physical Function (STAR). The overall purpose of the STAR program to is to better understand how to interrupt sitting time and the consequences for healthy aging in postmenopausal women. This protocol (also referred to Project 1 of the STAR program) is a 3-condition randomized crossover clinical trial of up to 86 postmenopausal women to test whether different interruptions to prolonged sitting improve metabolism.

Official Title

Sedentary Behavior Interrupted: A Randomized Crossover Trial of Acute Effects on Biomarkers of Healthy Aging in the Laboratory (Project 1)


The specific aims of this protocol include:

Aim 1. To investigate the acute effect of sitting interruption modalities on postprandial glucose and insulin concentrations, compared to prolonged sitting.

Aim 2. To investigate the acute effect of sitting interruption modalities on the physiologic parameters of endothelial function, compared to prolong sitting.

Aim 3. To explore the moderating effect of age.


Sedentary Lifestyle, Frequent sit-to-stands, Stand More, Frequent Sit-to-Stands (Protocol B), Stand More (Protocol C)


You can join if…

Open to females ages 55 years and up

  • female
  • 55 years of age and above
  • any ethnicity or race
  • screened to sit for 8 or more hours per day, perform less than 60 sit-to-stand transitions per day & engage in less than 20 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) per day
  • BMI 25 - 45 kg/m2
  • ambulatory
  • medically stable without any health conditions that would inhibit standing or PA;
  • able to give informed consent & comply with study protocols;
  • able to read, communicate, and write fluently in English;
  • able to travel to study visits;
  • no menstruation for at least one year;
  • not participating or not planning to participate in a physical activity or weight loss program or research study.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Mental state that would preclude complete understanding of the protocol or compliance;
  • type 1 diabetes;
  • type 2 diabetes using insulin or with poor glycemic control (greater than 10% for all participants);
  • poorly controlled hypertension (Systolic Blood Pressure ≥165 or Diastolic Blood Pressure ≥100);
  • chronic illness that may be associated with weight change (HIV/AIDS, active cancer, or uncontrolled thyroid disease),
  • anemia (hemoglobin ≤11g/dL);
  • personal or first-degree relative history of venous thrombosis;
  • weight instability in past 3 months (no more than 5% up or down);
  • regular use of vasodilator medication and high risk of stroke and/or heart attack (i.e., history of multiple hospitalizations (>2X) in the last 6 months), congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and/or stroke;
  • regular use of immunosuppressant or corticosteroid medication;
  • blood donation less than 56 days prior to screening visit,
  • smoking cigarettes or smoking or ingesting anything, and other use of tobacco products including e-cigarettes.
  • diagnosis of orthostatic hypotension


  • UC San Diego
    La Jolla California 92093 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSD

  • Dorothy Sears
    Adjunct Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health, Vc-health Sciences-schools. Authored (or co-authored) 99 research publications


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
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University of California, San Diego
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Expecting 78 study participants
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