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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    Risk from low vitamin D levels during adolescence

    Researcher from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, in Baltimore, Maryland looked at the relationship between low vitamin D levels and the risk of having the metabolic syndrome.

    Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

    First, the details.

    • Data from 3577 adolescents 12 to 19 years old who participated in the 2001–2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 2001–2004) were evaluated.

    And, the results.

    • The average 25(OH)D blood level was 25 ng/mL.
    • Those with lowest vitamin-D levels (less than 15 ng/mL) were much more likely to have metabolic syndrome, high blood sugar levels, or high blood pressure than those with highest vitamin-D levels (greater than 26 ng/mL).

    The bottom line?
    Other researchers at the American Heart Association Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention reported that the prevalence of vitamin-D deficiency in adults and adolescents in the US has risen sharply over the past 20 years.

    3/21/09 20:21 JR

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