The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Will adopting a healthy lifestyle in middle age improve your health?

    The answer is yes — especially among people with high blood pressure, diabetes, or low socioeconomic status — according to researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

    First, the details.

    • The study included more than 15,000 adults age 45-64 years.
    • A healthy lifestyle was defined as at least 5 fruits and vegetables daily, regular exercise, body mass index (BMI) 18.5-29.9 kg/m2 (normal to overweight), and no current smoking.

    And, the results.

    • Over 4 years, those who were able to adopt the healthy lifestyle had lower total mortality and cardiovascular disease events compared to those who did not.
    • Men; African Americans; and individuals with lower socioeconomic status, or a history of high blood pressure or diabetes were less likely to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

    The bottom line?
    The results are important in that they show results that all of us can relate to.

    The authors concluded, “People who newly adopt a healthy lifestyle in middle-age experience a prompt benefit of lower rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality.”

    8/27/07 22:06 JR

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