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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    Risk from low vitamin D levels during adolescence

    Researcher from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, in Baltimore, Maryland looked at the relationship between low vitamin D levels and the risk of having the metabolic syndrome.

    Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

    First, the details.

    • Data from 3577 adolescents 12 to 19 years old who participated in the 2001–2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES 2001–2004) were evaluated.

    And, the results.

    • The average 25(OH)D blood level was 25 ng/mL.
    • Those with lowest vitamin-D levels (less than 15 ng/mL) were much more likely to have metabolic syndrome, high blood sugar levels, or high blood pressure than those with highest vitamin-D levels (greater than 26 ng/mL).

    The bottom line?
    Other researchers at the American Heart Association Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention reported that the prevalence of vitamin-D deficiency in adults and adolescents in the US has risen sharply over the past 20 years.

    3/21/09 20:21 JR

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