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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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    Benefits of chocolate on the heart

    Researchers in the UK and Columbia reviewed the association between chocolate and the risk of developing cardiometabolic disorders — high blood pressure, abnormally high glucose, elevated triglycerides, low “good” cholesterol, abdominal obesity, smoking, and physical inactivity.

    First, the details.

    • 7 studies met the inclusion criteria (including 114,009 participants) and the data were used in a meta-analysis.
    • There was large variation in measurement of chocolate consumption, study designs, and reported outcomes.

    And, the results.

    • 5 studies reported a beneficial association between higher levels of chocolate consumption and the risk of cardiometabolic disorders.
    • The highest levels of chocolate consumption were associated with a 37% reduction in cardiovascular disease and a 29% reduction in stroke compared with the lowest levels.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “Based on observational evidence, levels of chocolate consumption seem to be associated with a substantial reduction in the risk of cardiometabolic disorders.”

    More research may confirm a potentially beneficial effect of chocolate consumption. Until then, moderation is advised.

    More on this topic is here.

    9/4/11 18:24 JR

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