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Doctor insights on: Do Shark Cartilage Supplements Help People With Dementia

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Do shark cartilage supplements help people with dementia?

Do shark cartilage supplements help people with dementia?

Not directly: Shark cartilage, which is rich in mucopolysacharides and chondroitin may lower your risk factors for diseases which can contribute to dementia, but there have been no reproducible peer-reviewed studies which implicate shark cartilage in the treatment of existing dementias. ...Read more

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Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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A dementia friend may be losing weight. Could this be a reason he is now being given food supplements such as ensure or muscle milk?

Dementia and Weight: As individuals progress in dementia, they begin to display deficits in memory and problems with their activities of daily living (i.e. Hygiene, grooming, feeding). In severe cases, individuals with dementia might forget to eat, clothe themselves, etc. So food supplements help dementia patients with their daily intake of protein/fat/calories/vitamins. ...Read more

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Is the supplement shark cartilage an alternative to calcium, and are there any side effects to be aware of?

Is the supplement shark cartilage an alternative to calcium, and are there any side effects to be aware of?

Shark - toxins.: There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. Best not to eat it at all. ...Read more

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What are legal issues with shark cartilage supplements?

What are legal issues with shark cartilage supplements?

Varies: Reportedly a new california law was passed which banned shark fin soup. It requires retail shops, restaurants and small processing plants to deplete their entire stock of shark fins by the end of 2012, there may be a ban in hawaii as well. ...Read more

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My doctor has prescribed shark cartilage to empower my knees but I am jaundiced now should I stop taking this dietary supplement till recovery?

My doctor has prescribed shark cartilage  to empower my knees but I am jaundiced now should I stop taking this  dietary supplement till  recovery?

YES: alternative therapies carry risk of side effects just like prescription medications. You should stop and consult your prescribing physician immediately. Blood tests can help determine if there is any liver or blood damage causing your jaundiced appearance. ...Read more

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Is there any natural practitioners online here? Someone who believes in giving supplements instead of drugs? Need help with my torn cartilage! :)

Orthopedist: Torn cartilage in the knee for example if causing significant pain or catching and locking of the knee can be evaluated by an orthopedist. There are no natural scientifically proven treatments for that problem. There are some natural antiinflammatories for pain such as turmeric. It is a mechanical problem though. ...Read more

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I am a runner, should I take glucosamine supplements to help preserve knee cartilage?

I am a runner, should I take glucosamine supplements to help preserve knee cartilage?

It won't hurt: You ask a question on which there is no data. Glucosamine and chondroitin are proteoglycans which in turn are major components of cartilage. These substances are proposed to help ease the pain of osteoarthritis, especially in the knees. Not all studies have shown they help but several have. Two studies of which I am aware suggest they may help to retard progression of oa. ...Read more

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What supplement can help heal my torn rib cartilage? Injured aug. 25/2011 and diagnosed two weeks ago...My nursing career possibly over! sigh!

What supplement can help heal my torn rib cartilage?  Injured aug. 25/2011 and diagnosed two weeks ago...My nursing career possibly over!  sigh!

Check with your doc: The supplements are a money making business without benefit. Not useful or necessary. Check with your doc if there is something. Most likely there is nothing besides natural healing. And your rn career should be on track. But check with your doc that there is not something else going on. ...Read more

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I heard pure coconut oil can help people with dementia. Is there truth to that?

I heard pure coconut oil can help people with dementia. Is there truth to that?

Not yet...: There is no scientific study to confirm or refute that coconut oil can help in the fight against dementia. As scientists and physicians, we must then assume that it is not effective, however i would love to be proven wrong. Having said that, if you have been using coconut oil and feel it is helping you, then that's great. Make sure your doctor knows, so (s)he can keep an eye on cholesterol levels. ...Read more

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I'm 3 mos s/p c6-7 acdfp. When can I return to work full-time as pt in nursing home? I do have to transfer and lift patients frail w/ and w/o dementia

I'm 3 mos s/p c6-7 acdfp. When can I return to work full-time as pt in nursing home? I do have to transfer and lift patients frail w/ and w/o dementia

Ask your doctors: The doctors who've been following your progress are much better equipped to answer your question than doctors who've never met you. Returning to work after such procedures depends on how you were before surgery, and how you're recovering. If you're working with a physical medicine ; rehab physician along with the surgeons who operated, those would be the ideal doctors to ask. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of brain function, manifesting as deficits in memory, reasoning, and judgment, as well as changes in behavior. These deficits are beyond what is ...Read more