Knee pain may not be helped by glucosamine - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Knee pain may not be helped by glucosamine

Updated:
© iStockphoto.com / Mikkel William © iStockphoto.com / Mikkel William
  • HealthMore>>

  • The 'Hobby Lobby ruling' and what it means for U.S. health care

    The 'Hobby Lobby ruling' and what it means for U.S. health care

    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on contraception coverage -- as mandated under the Affordable Care Act -- could lead to a legal quagmire that might allow companies to deny insurance coverage for any medical practice that violates their religious principles.
    The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on contraception coverage -- as mandated under the Affordable Care Act -- could lead to a legal quagmire that might allow companies to deny insurance coverage for any medical practice that violates their religious principles.
  • Diet changes can alter gut bacteria

    Diet changes can alter gut bacteria

    Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study.
    Dietary changes can dramatically alter the balance of bacteria in the gut on a daily basis, according to a new study.
  • Lift U.S. ban on blood donations by gay men

    Lift U.S. ban on blood donations by gay men

    The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical...
    The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

TUESDAY, March 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The dietary supplement glucosamine does not slow cartilage damage in people with chronic knee pain, according to a new study.

Millions of Americans take glucosamine in an effort to treat osteoarthritis of the knee and other joints. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis is related to normal wear and tear of the joints.

The new study, published online March 11 in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology, included about 200 people with mild to moderate pain in one or both knees. They were randomly selected to drink 1,500 milligrams a day of glucosamine or a placebo added to a 16-ounce bottle of diet lemonade for 24 weeks.

MRI scans were used to assess cartilage damage in the patients' knees. Reductions in cartilage damage were no greater in the glucosamine group than in the placebo group, and taking glucosamine did not reduce knee pain, according to a journal news release.

"Our study found no evidence that drinking a glucosamine supplement reduced knee cartilage damage, relieved pain or improved function in individuals with chronic knee pain," said researcher Dr. C. Kent Kwoh, director of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center.

A 2007 survey found that 10 percent of American adults used glucosamine.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more about knee problems.

Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.