Glucosamine… the debate rages on
Glucosamine And Chondroitin May Benefit Certain Patients With Knee OA.
Nancy Walsh writing in MedPage Today reported that “evidence has been increasing in favor of the use of glucosamine and chondroitin in osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, with a new noninferiority study” published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases “showing equivalent significant benefits for the supplement combination as for the COX-2 inhibitor Celebrex.” Researchers found, “in a clinical trial known as MOVES that included 606 patients with moderate-to-severe pain,” that “6 months of treatment with the dietary supplements was associated with a 50.1% decrease in pain as measured on the Western Ontario and McMaster osteoarthritis index (WOMAC), compared with a 50.2% decrease among patients given Celebrex.” Walsh pointed out that “MOVES becomes the third major trial to show a benefit for the supplement combination in OA.”
Comment: Next week, another negative study. Oh well…