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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    Another look at the effect of coffee on the risk of type 2 diabetes

    Earlier studies on this topic suggested it’s necessary to drink 6 or 7 cups per day in order to lower the risk of diabetes.

    Now, a study reports, “The amount of coffee consumption was not significantly predictive of incident diabetes.”

    More than 900 adults who did not have diabetes at the start of the study were followed for about 8 years.

    • Past and current coffee drinkers had a 60% reduced risk of diabetes compared to those who never drank coffee.
    • Among 317 participants with impaired glucose tolerance (prediabetes) at the start of the study, those who were past or current coffee drinkers were also at reduced risk for diabetes.

    The bottom line?
    Writing in Medscape, Dr. Gregory Nichols from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon says, “Because most adults already drink coffee, the finding may have little clinical applicability, but it is nonetheless interesting.”

    3/23/07 10:06 JR

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