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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    First support for zinc in diabetes

    ├é┬áStudies on the potential role for zinc to prevent diabetes in humans have been negative — until now.

    First, the details.

    • 82,297 adult women in the Nurses’ Health Study were the source of data for this study.
    • Dietary intake of zinc and other nutrients was assessed based on the responses to a food frequency questionnaire.

    And, the results.

    • During the 24 years of follow-up, there were 6,030 cases of type 2 diabetes.
    • After adjusting for the effects of lifestyle and dietary risk factors, the risk of type 2 diabetes was significantly less in the group with the highest intake of zinc compared to the lowest intake.

    The bottom line?
    The results have to be confirmed, but it appears that “higher zinc intake may be associated with a slightly lower risk of type 2 diabetes in women,” concluded the authors.

    4/11/09 19:57 JR

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