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March 15, 2000

Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Treating Symptoms of Osteoarthritis: Evidence Is Widely Touted but Incomplete

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Medicine (Drs Towheed and Anastassiades), Community Health and Epidemiology (Dr Towheed), and Biochemistry, Rheumatic Diseases Unit (Dr Anastassiades), Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

JAMA. 2000;283(11):1483-1484. doi:10.1001/jama.283.11.1483

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and is a leading cause of physical disability, increased health care usage, and impaired quality of life.1,2 An estimated 12% of the US population aged 25 years and older (nearly 21 million persons in 1990) have clinical signs and symptoms of OA.3