Study Type

Healthy Aging & Alzheimer's Disease

Study Purpose

The SARA-INT research study will assess the benefits, safety, and tolerability of a study drug in older patients suffering from age-related sarcopenia, including sarcopenic obesity.

Age-related sarcopenia is a condition found in the elderly population that involves loss of muscle and muscle function that can increase risk of falls and fractures later in life. Sarcopenia increases with age and may lead to disabilities and physical dependence.

About the Study

After successfully screening for the study, participants will be enrolled in a six-month treatment period with 3 visits to the Pennington Biomedical Outpatient clinic and one phone call with study staff.

Participants will be asked to maintain some physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day, at least 5 days per week.  Physical activity may be walking, shopping, gardening, doing housework, or light exercise at home or outside (only if you are in the habit of doing these exercises).

Study Design

Number of Visits:

  • 1 screening visit
  • 3 study visits
  • 1 phone call with study staff


  • Medical history
  • Height and weight
  • Vital signs (pulse and blood pressure)
  • Physical exam
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) to determine heart health
  • DXA Scan to measure bone density, muscle, and body fat
  • Physical strength tests
  • Activity monitor
  • Ultrasound test
  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Questionnaires

Study Qualifications

To qualify for this research study, participants should:

  • Be 65 years of age or older
  • Report some decline in physical ability over the last 6-12 months such as more difficulty walking up one flight of stairs
  • Be able to take oral medications

Study Duration

Participation in this research study will last approximately 7 months.


Compensation of up to $215 is offered for completion of this study.

Study Contact

If you are interested in volunteering for this research study, click here to screen online, call 225-763-3000 or e-mail

If you think you may be eligible, please click the button below to screen online.


Please do not fill out this questionnaire for anyone other than yourself unless you are their legal guardian.
If you know someone who may be interested please direct them to the site or have them call us directly at 225-763-3000.


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