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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    The benefits of weight control in type 2 diabetes

    An algorithm for treating type 2 diabetes appears in Diabetes Care this month. Here’s a summary of the impressive effects of weight control ? if you can maintain it over the long-term.

    Benefits of weight loss.

    • Lower blood sugar levels
    • Lower blood pressure if higher than normal
    • Lower risk of cardiovascular complications
    • Improved cholesterol levels
    • Less stress on the hips, knees, ankles, and feet
    • More energy

    Potential adverse consequences of exercise include musculoskeletal injuries and problems associated with neuropathy (eg, foot trauma and ulcers)

    Arguably, the benefits of effective weight loss combined with its safety profile, and low cost make it the most cost-effective way to control diabetes. The benefits are usually seen rapidly, within weeks to months, and often before there has been substantial weight loss. Weight loss of as little as 4 kg (9 lbs) will often ameliorate hyperglycemia.

    9/5/06 23:57 JR

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