Arthritis became evident in my hip socket in April. A rheumatologist confirmed that it is osteoarthritis. I have not yet begun to take any meds and wonder, since the pain has diminished (but is not gone) over the past two weeks, whether glucosamine-chondroitin is worth a try before I go to NSAID's.
I checked WebMD and some other sites. Each advises avoiding glucos-chond if one is overweight, but gives no reason. I've been unable to find information elsewhere. Calls to a couple of manufacturers resulted in replies of "I never heard of that." I believe I spoke with a research scientist at The Vitamin Shoppe headquarters, who opined that it may be due to extra weight putting extra strain on joints, therefore rendering the glucos-chond ineffective. He did say "no" when I told him I thought the advice might mean that the supplement could be harmful to an overweight person.
I'm not sold on the reply, expecting that a website would say as much if it were the case. A straightforward, fully credible answer to "Why do these websites advise not taking glucosamine-chondroitin if you are overweight?"View Thread
Thanks for your input. What you've said gives some support to what the man at The Vitamin Shoppe HQ told me. My question remains, though. Is glucosamine-chondroitin dangerous to the health -- way beyond possible ineffectiveness -- of overweight people? I haven't spoken to the rheumatologist about it yet, but it would be smart to do. (I've been losing weight, which predates the onset of arthritis. I do exercise.)View Thread
The opinions expressed in WebMD Communities are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. Communities are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatments or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.
Do not consider Communities as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.