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Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine

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

Aaron C. Tan / Jenson C.S. Mak
Published Online: 2015-01-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2014-0038


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.

This article offers supplementary material which is provided at the end of the article.

Keywords: Australia; complementary and alternative medicine; diabetes mellitus


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About the article

Received: 2014-06-19

Accepted: 2014-11-28

Published Online: 2015-01-10

Published in Print: 2015-03-01

Citation Information: Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 95–99, ISSN (Online) 1553-3840, ISSN (Print) 2194-6329, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2014-0038.

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