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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    Calcium, magnesium, and the risk of type 2 diabetes

    Dietary calcium and magnesium may protect Chinese women from developing type 2 diabetes, according to researchers at Shanghai Cancer Institute in China.

    First, the details.

    • 64,191 nondiabetic, healthy women living in Shanghai participated.
    • Dietary intake, physical activity, and anthropometric measurements were assessed.

    And, the results.

    • Higher intakes of calcium and magnesium were significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
    • Milk intake was also inversely associated with the risk of type 2 diabetes.

    The bottom line?
    The authors concluded, “Calcium and magnesium intakes may protect against the development of type 2 diabetes in this population.

    Similar results have been reported with Caucasian women. Among black women there is an inverse correlation between magnesium intake and the risk of type 2 diabetes but not with calcium intake.

    2/23/09 19:43 JR

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