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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the risks of glucosamine causing diabetes, especially with the long term use for arthritis?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
Very unlikely: The amount of glucose in glucosamine tablets is low.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 18 years experience
Agree. I have however observed higher glucose levels with certain formulations.
Apr 18, 2013
Dr. Chad Zooker
Dr. Chad Zooker commented
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
Any effects are minimal. It may not always alleviate patients' arthritis, but can be tried safely.
Apr 18, 2013

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