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 effect of alcohol on the control of diabetes

    Patients with higher A1C may benefit, according to researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

    First, the details.

    • 109 patients with type 2 diabetes who abstained from alcohol were randomly assigned to receive 150 mL wine (5 oz, 13 grams of alcohol) or nonalcoholic diet beer (control) each day over 3 months.
    • The beverages were consumed during dinner.
    • Diet and alcohol consumption were monitored.

    And, the results.

    • 91 patients completed the study.
    • In the alcohol group, fasting blood sugar decreased significantly compared to the control group.
      • 140 to 118 mg/dL after 3 months
    • Alcohol consumption had no effect on the 2-hour postprandial (after meal) blood sugar levels.
    • Patients in the alcohol group with higher baseline A1C levels had significantly greater reductions in fasting blood sugar.
    • Participants in the alcohol group reported improved ability to fall asleep.

    The bottom line?
    The authors conclude, “Studies are needed to confirm the long-term effect of moderate alcohol intake” on A1C levels and long-term control of blood sugar levels.

    1/16/08 22:53 JR

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