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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    Will adopting a healthy lifestyle in middle age improve your health?

    The answer is yes — especially among people with high blood pressure, diabetes, or low socioeconomic status — according to researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

    First, the details.

    • The study included more than 15,000 adults age 45-64 years.
    • A healthy lifestyle was defined as at least 5 fruits and vegetables daily, regular exercise, body mass index (BMI) 18.5-29.9 kg/m2 (normal to overweight), and no current smoking.

    And, the results.

    • Over 4 years, those who were able to adopt the healthy lifestyle had lower total mortality and cardiovascular disease events compared to those who did not.
    • Men; African Americans; and individuals with lower socioeconomic status, or a history of high blood pressure or diabetes were less likely to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

    The bottom line?
    The results are important in that they show results that all of us can relate to.

    The authors concluded, “People who newly adopt a healthy lifestyle in middle-age experience a prompt benefit of lower rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality.”

    8/27/07 22:06 JR

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