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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    CAM and diabetes: A round up of studies from 2008

    November is diabetes month at the CAM Report.

    Here’s what we covered so far this year.

    Cinnamon

    • No difference in A1c

    Tai chi

    • The value of tai chi in lowering A1c values in diabetics is piling up.

    Diet plus exercise

    • 51% lower incidence of diabetes over 6 years
    • 43% lower incidence over 20 years

    Salacia oblonga extract

    • Lowered blood sugar levels

    Flaxseed

    • No effect on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes.

    Vitamin D

    • Treatment during infancy might protect from the development of type 1 diabetes

    Berberine

    • Effective and safe in type 2 diabetes

    Soy

    • Lowered fasting blood glucose levels

    The bottom line?
    Remember, these are complementary options. They do not replace diet, exercise, and drug treatments prescribed by a physician.

    11/1/08 19:18 JR

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