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Beverly J. Burke
10-15-2001, 02:31 AM
> The popularity of glucosamine has increased a lot here in the USA lately.
> Apparently it’ s been around in Europe for a long time. It’s everywhere: on
> TV, on the front of vitamin shelves, in my Berner’s “Large Breed” dog food,
> etc. In fact I suspect they’ll put in my breakfast cereal soon!
>
> Does the biomechanics community have any opinions or done any studies on the
> effects of glucosmine on joints, or even for spinal disc degeneration? Or is
> it just another fad (like the vitamin du jour such as ginko, Echinacea,
> etc)?
>
> As my morning jogs get shorter and less frequent due to knee and back pain
> due to years of mogul skiing, I am curious…
>
> Regards,
> Greg Erdmann
>
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I can only offer anecdotal evidence. I've been taking glucosomine for about
a year based on the advice of an MD internist, for my knees. I have had a
meniscotomy on each knee and am down to little joint cushioning. I have had
good results but caution that its necessary to keep one's weight in line and
to continue to build/maintain quad muscle to keep the structures of the knee
toned and held up. I do believe some literature on glucosomine exists but
this would require Medline searching and following leads in the literature
review.

-- Beverly Burke

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