Bastyr University examines how CAM is both cost-effective and effective in treatment when dealing with diabetes and metabolic syndrome of cardiovascular disease.
A Bastyr University (BU) news article reviewed a study that closely examines how integrative medicine has helped reduce the prevalence of disease rates in diabetes and metabolic syndrome when compared to conventional care. In assessing the effectiveness of treatment, the article points out that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is able to deliver outcomes that matter to patients. Patients want to know if the treatments they are receiving are suitable for them on an individual basis and if it will help them to actually feel better, instead of just having their health progress be reflected in lab results. CAM proves to be not only effective in a way that patients value, but also cost-effective with less time spent at the doctor’s office in the long run, according to Dr. Erica Oberg, ND, MPH, who conducts whole-practice studies through the BU Research Institute.