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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.

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    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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    Long-term effects of soy in diabetics

    There were positive effects on predictors of heart and kidney complications in diabetics with kidney disease.

    First, the details.

    • 41 patients with type 2 diabetes plus nephropathy (kidney complications particularly if diabetes is poorly controlled) were studied for 4 years.
    • Those in the soy protein group consumed a diet containing 0.8 grams protein/kg body weight (35% animal proteins, 35% textured soy protein, and 30% vegetable proteins).
    • The control group followed a similar diet containing 70% animal proteins and 30% vegetable proteins.

    And, the results.

    • Those on the soy protein diet showed significantly lower fasting blood glucose levels vs controls (average change –18 vs +11 mg/dL).
    • The soy protein diet showed significantly changes in most lipids vs controls.
      • Total cholesterol (–23 vs +10 mg/dL)
      • LDL (bad) cholesterol (–20 vs +6 mg/dL)
      • Serum triglycerides (–24 vs –5 mg/dL)
      • No change in HDL (bad) cholesterol
    • Serum CRP levels were also significantly decreased by soy protein intake compared to the control group.
    • There were significant improvements in proteinuria and urinary creatinine in the soy protein group.

    The bottom line?
    Diet is a cornerstone of the management of diabetes. The authors showed that the positive changes in laboratory values used as markers of cardiovascular risk factors and kidney-related biomarkers in patients with type 2 diabetes and nephropathy are maintained over the long term.

    4/5/08 12:13 JR

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