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Glucosamine - any carbs?

Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by carbjunky, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. carbjunky

    carbjunky · Member

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    Hi All
    Very stupid question here - I would like to start taking glucosamine to help my frozen shoulder - it says that diabetics should check with their GP before taking - which I will do - unless anybody knows why? It occurred to me that this may have carbs in it - does anyone know?

    My FS is giving me such awful gip that I am willing to try anything to help!

    Me - just posted my first post elsewhere on this forum. Am a low-carber now ever since I found by testing what carbs do to my BS's!
     
  2. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Carbjunky,

    A bit late I know, your post must have passed me by. Not sure about carbs in glucosamine, but they have no impact on my bg. It was my doctor that told me to start taking glucosamine for a similar problem as yourself, he said to take a high dose 0f 1500mg to get max benefit.

    As my doctors advice was intended for myself, I would check with your doctor and make sure it is safe for you to use, as I don't know what meds you are on or your previous medical history.

    Nigel
     
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    I think, if I remember rightly, it's a carbohydrate that is not metabolised into glucose, so makes no difference to a diabetic. I checked with the specialists at King's anyway, and was told it's perfectly ok to take.
     
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    suffolkboi61 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    shirleymarye Type 2 · Active Member

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    I have been taking it for years and nobody told me I shouldn't! I am T2 on Metformin,Gliclazide and Acarbose it doesn't appear to bother me,I take it for osteoarthritis.

    I take it for my knee and I haven't had any pain in it for 2 or 3 years now. The knee was x-rayed and I was told it was the cartilage that was wearing out,I started the Glucosamine and it gradually improved,at one time I could hardly walk on it,now I have a limp but no pain in it. It could be just pure coincidence that it would have improved anyway but I keep taking it now just in case !
     
  6. Franky69uk

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    Hi I have been taking Glucosamine for a few years for a painful hip. Its quite expensive to buy so I was getting it on prescription. Some health centres will allow this while others will not.
    Recently, I received a letter from GP saying that according to a survey from some Health Organisation or other, Glucosamine had no positve effect on pain- in other words it was quite useless- and so they have stopped prescribing it and as a result have removed it from my monthly prescription. Since I have stopped taking it, I have to say that I feel no different from a pain point of view, the before/after situation remains the same so I'm rather inclined to agree with the finding.
    May I suggest that you Google some research on its effectiveness or give it a trial run but please dont be surprised if its not offered on prescription.
    Hope this helps.
    Frank
     
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    I agree with Frank, or at least my physio' does. He says the latest research has revealed some benefits accrue when it's used for knee problems, otherwise you're just wasting your money.

    The trouble is, so many of these things are promoted by the "health gurus" who pop up whenever a media spokesperson needs to discuss them with. The result is a discussion between someone who knows little with someone who knows a little bit more and wishes to sell something! As the saying goes "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King".

    A visit to holfordwatch.info/ is revealing or read up on the stuff written by Ben Goldacre at badscience.net/. I don't agree with everything they say, but it gets you thinking.

    Ray
     
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    cugila · Master

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    I have Ben Goldacre's book, 'Bad Science.' It is a great read, funny as well as informative in places. As you say, he does get you thinking !

    Ken
     
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