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Are glucosamine blood levels associated with joint health?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
No: Glucosamine level has nothing to do with your joint health as glucosamine is not derived from the joints only. It is part of the connective tissue, so any connective tissue destruction will elevate it. It's not a recommended test to diagnose or evaluate arthritis.
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Unproven: While these dietary supplements are very popular, their usefulness has not been convincingly proven.

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How does glucosamine affect joint health?

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Dr. Samuel Lazaro
Specializes in Family Medicine
Normal compound: Glucosamine in the form of sulfate is found in the cartilage and synovial fluid of the joints it may be helpful to reduce the use of non-steroidal anti inflammatory agents. Main application will be for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

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