Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Diabetes Self-Management Among Rural Older Adults

Complement Health Pract Rev. 2006 Apr 1;11(2):95-106. doi: 10.1177/1533210106292461.


Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a growing form of self-care and is related to other healthy behaviors. This study examines the relationship between CAM use and diabetes self-management. A survey of rural older African American, Native American, and White adults with diabetes was conducted. Data were collected on diabetes self-management domains and general and diabetes-specific CAM use. Some associations were observed, particularly for CAM use and following a healthy eating plan. CAM is part of the health maintenance strategy of rural older adults with diabetes. Further research should examine the health trajectory associated with CAM use in this population.