Experts from a Swiss University are claiming that the effectiveness of prescribed supplements and medicines to cure Arthritis isn’t has high as some people like to think.
Chondroitin and glucosamine, which are both recommended by doctors to reduce back of knee pain caused by osteoarthritis in knees and hips, have no physical impact on the symptoms of the disease, according to experts.
According to the NGO, Arthritis Care, doctors prescribed these supplements to more than 900,000 people in England in 2009. The data does not include osteoarthritis of patients who bought the compounds without prescription. Chronic disease is the most common type of arthritis in the UK, affecting around 8.5 million people.
The most common treatment for osteoarthritis is performed by means of analgesics and anti-inflammatories, but the long-term use of these drugs may lead to problems with stomach and heart in some patients.
Glucosamine and chondroitin have been increasingly indicated for patients in recent years, global sales reached nearly $ 2 billion. The supplements are natural compounds found in cartilage and available for sale at any pharmacy.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal, says that there is no evidence that the supplements have no impact not psychological patients.
The researchers, led by well-known Professor Peter Juni, observed, “Compared with placebo, glucosamine, chondroitin, and their combination did not reduce joint pain or have had any beneficial impact to the joints”, he added, “We see no harm in patients continue the use of these compounds as long as they perceive some benefit and agree to pay for treatment.”
Scientists evaluated results of ten studies involving 3,803 people suffering from osteoarthritis of the hip or knee. They monitored the variation in the level of pain experienced by patients after taking chondroitin, glucosamine and a mixture of the two with placebo effect.
In all cases, there was no apparent clinical effects, but the researchers noted that some patients rely on supplements to feel better. In this case, the pain is reduced because there is the belief that they are actually helping to alleviate symptoms.
Jo Cumming, from NGO Arthritis Care, said: “The study brings together all relevant evidence and we intend to support further research. However, it is important to remember that what works well for one person may not work for another.”
Best news for osteoarthritis patients was announced by scientists a few days ago. According to a study from the University of East Anglia in England, eating broccoli can help prevent the onset of disease.
We’ve seen patients have positive results with our recommended Arthritis supplements, but it really comes down to the person. There are no 2 equal clinical cases.
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