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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    Benefits of exercise in older adults

     The American College of Sports Medicine has issued its position on the importance of exercise and physical activity in older adults.

    Here are the highpoints.

    2 statements deserve emphasis.

    • No amount of physical activity can stop the biological aging process.
      • But regular exercise can minimize the physiological effects of an otherwise sedentary lifestyle and increase active life expectancy by limiting development and progression of chronic disease and disabling conditions.
    • There’s growing evidence for significant psychological and cognitive benefits accruing from regular exercise by older adults.

    Here’s what’s important about exercise of moderate intensity.

    • Cardiovascular adaptations at rest and in response to acute dynamic exercise for healthy middle-aged and older adults after 3 months
    • Reduced total body fat in overweight middle-aged and older adults
    • Improved muscular endurance

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Ideally, exercise prescription for older adults should include aerobic exercise, muscle strengthening exercises, and flexibility exercises.”

    “All older adults should engage in regular physical activity and avoid an inactive lifestyle.”

    A detailed review of the position statement is on Medscape.

    7/14/09 17:31 JR

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