by Bruce Brightman - LifeSource Vitamins (Osteoarthritis)
Aging is inevitable - and it often brings certain common health problems.
One of these is arthritis. There are several kinds of arthritis, but the
most common form is osteoarthritis. It occurs when the joint fails because
of destruction of the cartilage. Risk factors for arthritis include
obesity, repetitive motion, injury to the joint and increased age.
The pain and disability from arthritis is considerable: More than 100,000
people in the United States are unable to walk as a result of arthritis of
the knee and medical costs are a staggering $50 billion or more per year.
The traditional medical approach for arthritis includes physical therapy,
anti-inflammatory medications and joint replacement. Although physical
therapy probably yields the best long-term results, Congress recently
limited Medicare physical-therapy coverage to about $1,600 per year,
equaling about eight visits with a physical therapist. That leaves drugs,
usually non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, as the
primary therapy for arthritis. This might not be the best alternative.
Newer drugs in this category are very expensive and all can have serious
side effects, with internal bleeding being the most common. Nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs also can damage the kidneys, bone marrow and liver.
The medical costs of treating the side effects are significant - more than
$2 billion per year. These drugs also are associated with 28,000 deaths a
Fortunately, there is a better option. The regular use of glucosamine &
chondroitin might reduce pain and slow progression of osteoarthritis.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are found in abundance in healthy cartilage.
They are the building blocks cartilage cells use to make the cartilage structure. I consider them to be "food for the cartilage."
Over the past 20 years, a number of medical studies consistently have
demonstrated that glucosamine and chondroitin relieve osteoarthritis pain.
In addition, several recent studies have shown that they are at least as effective as ibuprofen, though not quite as fast-acting. Glucosamine can both relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis and prevent the deterioration of the joint. In one study, patients each took 1,500 mg of glucosamine every day for three years. X-rays of the knees showed no change in the joint. In contrast, osteoarthritis grew a great deal worse in patients
taking either a placebo or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
If the cartilage destruction associated with arthritis can be prevented,
patients can avoid disability, drug use and the need for surgery, saving
billions of dollars per year and a lot of pain and suffering. There is no
osteoarthritis medication that can do this - indeed; there is evidence that
chronic use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs might actually
LifeSource Vitamins has the
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Extra Strength
; we also have
MSM liquid and tablets
Liquid Glucosamine, Chondroitin w/ MSM
, and our most popular Arthritis fighter is:
Arthritis Relief & Joint Rebuilder
Try any of the above, start enjoying a somewhat pain free life.
See LifeSource Vitamins Arthritis Products, Articles and Studies:
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