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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    CAM and diabetes: A round up of studies from 2008

    November is diabetes month at the CAM Report.

    Here’s what we covered so far this year.


    • No difference in A1c

    Tai chi

    • The value of tai chi in lowering A1c values in diabetics is piling up.

    Diet plus exercise

    • 51% lower incidence of diabetes over 6 years
    • 43% lower incidence over 20 years

    Salacia oblonga extract

    • Lowered blood sugar levels


    • No effect on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes.

    Vitamin D

    • Treatment during infancy might protect from the development of type 1 diabetes


    • Effective and safe in type 2 diabetes


    • Lowered fasting blood glucose levels

    The bottom line?
    Remember, these are complementary options. They do not replace diet, exercise, and drug treatments prescribed by a physician.

    11/1/08 19:18 JR

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