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J Complement Integr Med. 2015 Mar;12(1):95-9. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2014-0038.

Complementary and alternative medicine in diabetes (CALMIND)--a prospective study.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study aims to further elucidate the demographic and diabetes characteristics of diabetic patients in Australia who use complementary and alternative medicines (CAM).

METHODS:

This was a prospective, cross-sectional questionnaire-based study of 149 patients with diabetes attending a general endocrine clinic in a tertiary referral hospital in Sydney, Australia.

RESULTS:

Thirty-seven patients (25%) stated they had used CAM therapies within the past 5 years. Vitamins (53%) were the most common CAM therapy used. A greater number of CAM nonusers reported calf pain whilst walking (21% vs. 9%, p=0.051), and HbA1c values were lower for CAM nonusers (7.7% vs. 8.1%, p=0.057). Amongst CAM users, a majority of patients (85%) did not consult with their specialist or general practitioner prior to starting CAM therapy.

CONCLUSIONS:

With the increasing burden of diabetes, health practitioners will need to be more vigilant and understanding of the potential impact of CAM use on diabetes management.

PMID:
25581768
DOI:
10.1515/jcim-2014-0038
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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