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will glucosamine help osteoarthritis?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 33 years experience
Unknown: I have patients that do believe that glucosamine helps their oa pain. There is no real evidence that it makes a difference. It does not change the arthritic problem but no medication or supplement does at this time for oa. Occassionally I have seen some relief in knee and hip pain in rare patients.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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I disagree: Actually there are several well controlled studies, especially in the europeon literature, that conclude glucosamine makes a difference. Not all studies are favorable. A large study published in 2005 concluded it was no better than placebo. There are 3 studies of which I am aware that suggest glucosamine can retard progression of oa of the knees.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How common is osteoarthritis in older adults?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Extremely : Most adults over 50 have some even if just showing signs of stiffness in the joints.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can acupuncture be used in osteoarthritis?

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Dr. Siranush Cholakian
Holistic Medicine 34 years experience
Yes: It can be used in osteoarthritis and it is very helpful. Other things like keeping very well hydrated are very important. (cartilage contains more than 80% water). Also people who take glucosamine and chonroitin and msm feel better too.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between glucosamine sulfate and n-acetyl glucosamine?

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Dr. David Miller
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Family Medicine 10 years experience
Different forms: Glucosamine is a supplement currently used for joint health. It comes in various forms, two of which you have listed. The difference is simply the side-groups on the glucosamine molecule (sulfate vs n-acetyl group). The one most studied is glucosamine sulfate. Studies suggest that it shows promise for osteoarthritis but the jury is still out.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Nothing: Djd and oa are two descriptions for the same basic process.
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What are the best foods to eat if I have osteoarthritis?

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Healthy diet: There is no specific diet that helps osteoarthritis.

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