Glucosamine Supplements | Glucosamine Supplements and Early Death Risk – Health News Today

  • Taking glucosamine with chondroitin supplements may improve longevity as well as regular exercise does, according to a new epidemiological study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
  • Taking glucosamine/chondroitin for a year or longer was associated with a 39 percent reduction in early death from any cause.
  • The supplement was also linked to a 65-percent reduction in cardiovascular-related deaths.

    Millions of people worldwide take glucosamine with chondroitin supplements for arthritis. Some studies show the popular supplement helps reduce joint pain; others shows no significant improvements for joint health. But an emerging body of research is revealing a surprising benefit among devoted users: a reduced risk of early death, especially from cardiovascular diseases.

    The most recent study published this month in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found that glucosamine/chondroitin supplements may reduce overall risk of early death about as well as regular exercise does.

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    “That obviously does not mean that you can just take a glucosamine supplement and skip exercising,” lead researcher Dana King, M.D., professor and chair of the department of family medicine at West Virginia University, told Bicycling. But the added benefit is intriguing.

    For the study, King and his research partner Jun Xiang analyzed data from 16,686 adults who were at least 40 years old who completed the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 1999 to 2010. They then merged the data with 2015 death rates.

    After taking into account age, sex, smoking habits, and activity level, the researchers found that taking glucosamine/chondroitin every day for a year or longer was associated with a 39 percent reduction in early death from any cause.

    Regular glucosamine/chondroitin users also had a 65 percent reduction in cardiovascular-related deaths, such as stroke and heart disease.

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    King’s interest in the supplement started with his own use as a cyclist. “I started taking it for arthritis and cycling. I’m part of a local cycling club—the Country Roads Cyclists—and pretty much everyone in the group also takes it,” King said.

    “Then I saw two large studies showing that it could help lower the risk of [early] death, especially from cardiovascular disease, and I thought, I’m going to keep taking it,” King said.

    The first was a 2012 study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology that analyzed data from 77,510 supplement users between the ages of 50 to 76. They found that compared to people who never took glucosamine (with or without chondroitin), those who took the supplement had a significantly lower risk of death, and current users had a…