Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Study says that Glucosamine doesn't help with Osteoarthritis

A new research has reveled that glucosamine sulfate, a dietary supplement used as a treatment for osteoarthritis, had absolutely no impact on reducing pain and inflammation of hip arthritis.

Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis in the UK. OA mainly affects the joint cartilage and the bone tissue next to the cartilage.

The results of the study revealed that glucosamine sulfate does not appear to treat hip arthritis and that the difference between glucosamine and placebo group in treating mild to moderate hip arthritis were very small.

Osteoarthritis commonly affects the hands, feet, spine, and large weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees. Most cases of osteoarthritis have no known cause and are referred to as primary osteoarthritis. When the cause of the osteoarthritis is known, the condition is referred to as secondary osteoarthritis.

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