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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.

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

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    More positive news about pedometers and weight loss

    Pedometer-based walking programs — even without going on a diet — result in modest weight loss.

    Researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor reviewed studies in English and Japanese published over about 13 years.

    • The results from 9 studies of overweight or obese and sedentary individuals were re-evaluated (meta-analysis).
    • The number of participants in each study ranged from 15 to 106, for a total of 307 participants
    • 73% were women.
    • The studies did not include any dietary changes.
    • The duration of the studies ranged from 4 weeks to 1 year.

    And, the results.

    • Average weight loss over the course of the studies was 1.27 kg (2.8 pounds).
    • On average, participants lost 0.05 kg (0.1 lb) per week.

    The bottom line?
    People who walk more tend to be thinner than those who walk less — even when there’s no change in diet. The authors concluded that counting steps is one way to ensure you walk more.

    More on the benefits of using a pedometer and walking can be found here.

    1/18/08 22:40 JR

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