As I'm closing out my 5th decade on earth, I'm starting to feel some effects of the years on my joints. You know, those chronic nagging painful aches? A little arthritis in my knees, and a lot in my right thumb and wrist (thanks to mouse abuse). Fortunately aerobars allow me to ride a bike without supporting part of my body weight on my hands (and bent wrists) for extended periods, which can get prohibitively painful. But those achy knees make running (especially on downhills) a real pain sometimes.
Some new positive results in an NIH clinical trial may just convince me to try some oral glucosamine and chondroitin supplements.
Sounds good to me!
Update: Here's the abstract for the New England Journal of Medicine article. It's not terribly straightforward, but it seems that it may be helpful in some people who have pain from osteoarthritis. Worth a try. The dosages were 1500 mg of glucosamine and 1200 mg of chondroitin sulfate daily for 24 weeks. Then again, they got a positive response in 54% of subjects to their placebo!