Glucosamine and Osteoarthritis
Friday, January 9, 2009

Glucosamine is a natural chemical compound thatís found in the body.  As a supplement, glucosamine is most often used to ease the joint pain caused by arthritis. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about glucosamine in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Glucosamine is a natural substance that is found in cartilage, which is the padding between the bones of a joint. When the cartilage in your joints starts to wear away, the bones begin to rub against each other. This is called osteoarthritis. Glucosamine is also a supplement that may help to reduce osteoarthritis pain and stiffness, and improve movement, especially in the knee. You can find it in most drug or health food stores.

Although using glucosamine to treat osteoarthritis has been tested, there is no guarantee that it works or that it is safe. Different brands may be made with different ingredients. You should always read the label.

Side effects from glucosamine are usually minor and may include stomach pain, heartburn or diarrhea. Glucosamine is made from the shells of shellfish. People with shellfish allergies should be careful when taking glucosamine. If you have asthma, it could make your symptoms worse.

Talk to your doctor before taking glucosamine, especially if you are sick or taking other medicine, including herbs or vitamins.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.