Glucosamine: preventive use widespread

Researchers analysed data from more than 266,000 NSW men and women participating in the 45 and Up population-based study, finding 22% reported using glucosamine in the four weeks prior to being surveyed.

Participants who were wealthier, older, educated or female were most likely to be glucosamine users, as were healthier Australians, which led the authors to believe that the supplement was used as a preventive therapy. Furthermore, 83.4% of glucosamine users did not have osteoarthritis.

However people with osteoarthritis were three