Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Arthritis Pain by Jeffrey Dach MD
Posted Sep 23 2008 4:54am
The NIH GAIT Study
As usual, the New York Times and the rest of the media got the story wrong. Rather than being ineffective, as the media concluded about glucosamine and chondroitin for knee pain, the NIH GAIT study actually showed the opposite.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin are nutritional supplements that have no adverse side effects. Annual glucosamine sales have increased considerably over the last 10 years Sales have increased from 1 million dollars a year in 1995 to 700 million dollars a year in 2005.
Glucosamine More Effective than Celebrex
Contrary to the New York Times report, the NIH Gait study actually showed that in patients with moderate-to-severe knee-pain, the combination of the two supplements (glucosamine and chondroitin) was more effective than both Celebrex and a placebo.
The glucosamine-chondroitin combination significantly reduced pain in 79 percent of those who received it. Celebrex significantly reduced pain in 69 percent of the recipients and the placebo in 54 percent. The real conclusion is that regarding patients with moderate to severe knee pain, the less costly glucosamine and chondroitin combination is more effective than Celebrex