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 young people with type 1 diabetes

    A review of published clinical trials in patients with type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes concludes that psychological treatments can improve blood sugar control in children and adolescents. Success in adults is another matter, however.

    In 10 studies of children and adolescents, glycated hemoglobin (A1c) was significantly reduced by about 0.48% in those who received psychological intervention compared with those who did not.

    But in 11 studies of adults, A1c was reduced just 0.22%.

    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.

    The authors concluded that psychological support could “slightly improve” blood sugar control. My take is that if young diabetics can lower their A1c by about a half percent, this could be an important contribution to diabetes control. It would be useful to know which diabetics respond best to counceling.

    9/16/06 21:01 JR

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