Volume 4 - Issue 7

Welcome to the July 2004 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  2. New Glucosamine Studies in Europe
  3. Healthy Food in Fighting Arthritis
  4. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Content from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center

  1. Glucosamine and Chondroitin: The Key to Joint Relief?
    An article on glucosamine and chondroitin and a discussion regarding whether taking both together has shown to be more effective.
  2. What is Glucosamine
    Ever wonder exactly what glucosamine is? Well, this article will tell you what it is, where it comes from, and what types you should be using.
  3. Glucosamine Side Effects
    Unlike COX-II inhibitors and NSAIDs, glucosamine is a very safe compound. There are, however, two reasons why you wouldn't want to take glucosamine.

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By J.R. Rogers

The latest round of European studies regarding the use of glucosamine is not surprising. While these studies focused on post-menopausal women, there are important findings for men as well.

The Post-Menopausal Woman
As many of you may not know, glucosamine is a "prescription medication" in some European countries. In these studies, glucosamine sulfate was used to determine what impact it had on women who were post-menopausal. We will discuss that further below. It has been widely acknowledged that women over age 50 are prone to osteoarthritis of the knee. The researchers have speculated that this is caused by the loss of estrogen although there are no firm medical studies to confirm that fact. For purposes of this study, only women who had a diagnosis of osteoarthritis of the knee were studied. In this case study, 414 women were studied and most had entered menopause.

The Results?
What these studies found was that the use of glucosamine helped protect cartilage; slowed the progression of the OA; and, diminished symptoms such as joint pain. That, in itself, is significant but not surprising. However, these studies also confirmed some other interesting facts.

Knee X-rays
Although x-ray imaging is not perfect, the researchers found that those taking glucosamine did not demonstrate further loss of cartilage. Those in the "placebo" group did. As well, those in the latter group got worse. As this study confirms, glucosamine not only stopped the disease from progressing, but as well, it possibly reversed it. (I might caution that this was a three-year study so don't expect miraculous x-ray results short term.)

Those who were not taking glucosamine experienced a result that was opposite of those that did. Namely, their stiffness and other symptoms progressed.

Glucosamine Sulfate vs. Glucosamine Hydrochloride
These scientists concluded that it should not make any real difference if glucosamine sulfate or hydrochloride was used. The prescription glucosamine sulfate used in these studies was very similar to that sold over-the-counter in the U.S. Some products sold in the U.S. contain both.

Capsules vs. Liquid
It should be of interest that this study used a "capsule-form" of glucosamine. As any regular reader of this column knows, I strongly advocate the use of the liquid form for its greater bio-availability and absorption into the body.

The Impact of this Study for Both Sexes
While this particular study focused on post-menopausal women (since post-menopausal women have a high incidence of OA in the knee) the importance of these findings apply to men as well. It is simply part of the growing acceptance within the medical community that glucosamine plays a major role in maintaining joint health.

As these researchers pointed out, not only did OA of the knee improve with the use of glucosamine, it also benefited all joints in the body.

See you next time.

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Vegetables are a must in every persons diet and for people with arthritis its a vital part. Vegetables are boring you say? Well, despair no more, here is a cool way to eat your vegetables! (Not too mention its a GREAT summer dish!)

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 8-ounce cans tomato juice
  • 2 10-ounce cans consummé
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Pepper and garlic salt to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste

Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, onion and green bell pepper in bowl; mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Chill, covered, for 12 hours. Stir

Ladle into chilled soup bowls.


Serves 6.

Per Serving:
Calories 158; Fat 10 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Fiber 3g; Sodium 955 mg

Find this and other recipes at The Arthritis Foundation

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This concludes the July Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on August 1st, 2004! Please forward to any friends you know who have arthritis and would be interested.

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Have a great 4th of July from the Arthritis Chronicle
See you next month!

Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.


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