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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    Effects of calcium in healthy older men

    BrokenLeg1Researchers from the University of Auckland, in New Zealand searched for the effects of exercise on cholesterol, blood pressure, and body weight.

    First, the details.

    • 323 healthy men were randomly assigned to take placebo, 600 mg calcium per day, or 1200 mg calcium per day for 2 years.

    And, the results.

    • There was no significant effect of calcium treatment on triglycerides; total, LDL (bad), or HDL (good) cholesterol; or the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol.
    • There were also no significant changes in weight, fat mass, and lean mass.
    • There were no significant effects on blood pressure.
    • There were no effects on weight or body composition.

    The bottom line?

    OK, but these are not the primary reasons for taking calcium supplements among older men — maintenance of bone tissue.

    12/1/09 21:03 JR

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