25 Apr '11, 8pm

Older Americans Not Discussing CAM with Docs

Older Americans Not Discussing CAM with Docs

Many Americans age 50 and over are not discussing the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with their physicians, according to a recent survey from AARP and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). It’s not that the older population doesn’t use CAM. Fifty-three percent of the 1,013 people surveyed revealed they had used CAM at some point in their lifetime. Of those, only 58 percent said they had mentioned it to a health care provider. This is of concern because some CAM products can interact with other medicines. In a press release, NCCAM director Dr. Josephine P. Briggs said: “In this survey, we found that 37 percent of respondents have used an herbal product or dietary supplement in the past 12 months. Some of these natural products can interact with conventional treatments. As we’ve learned from NCCAM-funded research into he...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/older-americans-not-disc...

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