The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was 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, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Benefits of psychological support in people with type 2 diabetes

    In people with type 2 diabetes (sometimes call non-insulin dependent diabetes), psychological therapy (ie, counseling, cognitive behavior therapy, or psychodynamic therapy) contributes to improved long-term diabetes control and psychological distress. But it doesn’t seem to help with weight control or blood glucose concentrations.

    In 12 trials, the average reduction in glycated hemoglobin (A1c) averaged 0.76% in people assigned a psychological intervention than in those who did not get to sit on the psychologist’s couch

    An earlier post here reported that psychological support also helps young people with type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes.

    Diabetics who keep their A1c levels close to 7% have a better chance of delaying or preventing diabetes complications than those with levels 8% or higher. Lowering A1c by about a three-quarters of a percent could be an important contribution to diabetes control.

    It would be useful to know which diabetes are likely to respond best to counceling.

    9/16/06 22:11 JR

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