Joint Supplements Could Reduce the Risk of Heart Death?
2019-06-04 10:06 Tuesday
A recent study found that taking over-the-counter joint supplements can reduce the risk of death from heart disease by a fifth.
In a study of about half a million adults, project members found that those who took glucosamine, a drug used to prevent arthritis, had a significantly lower risk of heart disease and stroke.
The study, led by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, followed 466,000 adults to determine which supplements they took.
At the start of the study, one in five people took glucosamine. After seven years, the researchers examined medical and death records and found that those taking glucosamine had a 15 percent lower risk of heart attack and stroke and a 22 percent lower risk of death.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal, cited other studies that suggested the supplement may be mimicking the low-carb diet which has been shown to prevent heart disease.
However, the study was observational, meaning it does not prove that supplements improve heart health in users.
Experts say people who take such drugs may be more health-conscious in other ways.
But when other factors such as age, sex, weight, lifestyle and diet were taken into account, the link between these supplements and lower heart disease risk remained, the study said.
Dr. Sonya Babu-Narayan, associate medical director of the British Heart Foundation, said more researches were needed.
"We urgently need to fund research that can improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment," she said.
"If a widely known and widely used supplement like glucosamine can help prevent heart disease and circulatory problems, this is a way worth exploring."
"At the same time, an important way to reduce your risk is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and take medication as recommended by your doctor."