Glucosamine may reduce overall death rates as effectively as
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Glucosamine supplements may reduce overall mortality about as well as regular exercise does, according to a new epidemiological study from West Virginia University. The results appear in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

"Does this mean that if you get off work at five o'clock one day, you should just skip the gym, take a glucosamine pill and go home instead?" said lead author of the study. "That's not what we suggest. Keep exercising, but the thought that taking a pill would also be beneficial is intriguing."

Researchers assessed data from 16,686 adults who completed the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2010. All of the participants were at least 40 years old. They merged these data with 2015 mortality figures.

After controlling for various factors--such as participants' age, sex, smoking status 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 all-cause mortality.

It was also linked to a 65 percent reduction in cardiovascular-related deaths. That's a category that includes deaths from stroke, coronary artery disease and heart disease.

"Once we took everything into account, the impact was pretty significant," the researchers concluded.

Source: https://www.jabfm.org/content/jabfp/33/6/842.full.pdf
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