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
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