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.

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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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    The Women’s Antioxidant Cardiovascular Study

     The purpose was to investigate the long-term effects of taking vitamin C, vitamin E, and β-carotene to prevent type 2 diabetes.

    First, the details.

    • Between 1995 and 2005, 8171 adult female health professionals with a history of cardiovascular disease or at least 3 risk factors for cardiovascular disease were randomly assigned to a treatment group.
      • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid, 500 mg every day)
      • Vitamin E (600 IU every other day)
      • Beta-carotene (50 mg every other day)
      • Placebo vitamin C
      • Placebo vitamin E
      • Placebo beta-carotene

    And, the results.

    • Over about 9 years, 895 of the women developed type 2 diabetes.
    • None of the treatments showed an association with the risk of developing diabetes.

    And, the results.
    There are several limitations of this study. For example, over time, many of the women in this study lost interest and stopped taking their treatment. Also, it’s not known if the findings in a group of high-risk women apply to other women at lower risk.

    7/20/09 19:28 JR

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