Dr. Brent Bauer
Dr. Brent Bauer
Palo Alto, CA
I specialize in
I am licensed to see patients from
My answers and insights have
Helped 26,703 people
Received 18 doctor agrees
Received 1 thanks
I am located at
Palo Alto , CA
Dr. Brent Bauer
Is it safe to take glucosamine supplements if I have diabetes? In brief: Even though glucosamine is technically a type of sugar, it doesn't appear to affect blood sugar levels or insulin sensitivityDIABETES MELLITUS TYPE 2 DIABETES GLUCOSAMINE SUPPLEMENTS
Some preliminary research had suggested that glucosamine might worsen insulin resistance, which can contribute to increases in blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.
Can huperzine A prevent memory loss and improve cognitive function in people with Alzheimer's disease? In brief: Huperzine (HOOP-ur-zeen) A, a dietary supplement derived from the Chinese club moss Huperzia serrata, has received some interest as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's diseaseALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AMNESIA MEMORY MEMORY LOSS
Huperzine A acts as a cholinesterase inhibitor — a type of medication that works by improving the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain.
Can Ginkgo biloba prevent memory loss and improve cognitive function? In brief: Ginkgo biloba, derived from the leaves of the Ginkgo biloba tree, is often touted as a memory aidAMNESIA MEMORY MEMORY LOSS
But it appears unlikely that Ginkgo biloba can prevent age-related memory problems or memory loss associated with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease.
Can yucca relieve arthritis pain? In brief: The bark and root of yucca — a group of shrub-like plants native to the southwestern United States and Mexico — are ingredients in many dietary supplements that claim to promote joint healthARTHRITIS PAINFUL JOINTS
Parts of various yucca plants have been used for centuries in traditional Native American medicine.
Are there any adverse effects from long-term use of MSM for arthritis pain? In brief: That's not an easy question to answer because there's not a lot of research on the long-term effects of the dietary supplement called methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)ARTHRITIS MSM PAINFUL JOINTS
MSM is formed using dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), an organic form of sulfur that's also used as a dietary supplement.
Will taking zinc for colds make my colds go away faster? In brief: There's been a lot of talk about taking zinc for colds ever since a 1984 study showed that zinc supplements kept people from getting as sickZINC
Since then, research has turned up mixed results about zinc and colds.
I've read that vitamin supplements could help my MS symptoms. Is that true? In brief: Many people look to complementary and alternative therapies to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS) SUPPLEMENTS VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS
Among them, dietary supplements, including high-dose vitamins, are used most frequently.
Can drinking mangosteen juice reduce arthritis inflammation and pain? In brief: It mightARTHRITIS INFLAMMATION PAINFUL JOINTS
A number of laboratory and animal studies suggest that mangosteen has significant anti-inflammatory effects.
Will dietary supplements containing echinacea help me get over a cold faster? In brief: Maybe, but not by muchDIETARY SUPPLEMENTS SUPPLEMENTS
Recent research suggests that some echinacea supplements may shorten the duration of a cold by about half a day and may slightly reduce symptom severity.
Can glucosamine supplements protect my knee cartilage from osteoarthritis? In brief: Study results on this question have been mixed, with some suggesting possible benefit and some showing no benefit on cartilage protectionCARTILAGE GLUCOSAMINE OSTEOARTHRITIS SUPPLEMENTS YOUNG HEALTH OLD HEALTH
Glucosamine is one of the substances in your body that is used to build cartilage.