Saturday, 18 November 2017    HomeAbout UsContact Us    









You are here: Home News


Moderate Walking Linked to Easing Arthritis Pain
Posted by SoundHealth, in News
Topics: Arthritis Osteoarthritis Walking Glucosamine

  Mail To Friend    Printer Friendly Bookmark and Share

Short walks combined with a glucosamine supplement have been shown to improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis, a painful condition that affects the joints.

Researchers found that patients who walked for at least two bouts of 1500 steps each (approximately a 15-miute walk) on three days of the week reported significantly less arthritis pain, and significantly improved physical function.

Although gentle exercise and glucosamine sulphate supplements have both been shown to help with osteoarthritis before, the study is the first to measure their combined benefit.

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is a degenerative joint disease in which the cartilage that protects the bone wears away.

Study Details

The trial was carried out in 36 osteoarthritis patients (aged 42-73 years). All patients received a dietary supplement of glucosamine sulphate for six weeks, after which they continued to take the supplement during a 12-week progressive walking program.

Glucosamine is a naturally occurring substance produced from glucose, and is used in the maintenance and regeneration of healthy cartilage in joints. Glucosamine supplements are usually made from shellfish shells.

Seventeen patients were randomly assigned to walk five days per week, while the remaining 19 were instructed to walk three days a week.

The team found that both groups achieved significant improvement in their symptoms, however being encouraged to walk five days a week was not more effective than being encouraged to walk three days.

"These findings are not surprising given that the three-day and five-day walking groups did not differ significantly in the mean number of days actually walked per week, the mean number of daily steps walked, nor their weekly minutes of physical activity," one of the researchers said.

By the end of six months some patients reported that both their levels of pain and stiffness had halved, and many of the men and women also felt less depressed and anxious.

"There is no known cure for osteoarthritis. The goal of treatment, therefore, is to help reduce patients' pain, prevent reductions in their mobility and maintain or increase their joint mobility.

"Although some individuals with osteoarthritis are using both glucosamine and exercise to relieve symptoms, no study has examined the effectiveness of the combined effects on relieving symptoms.

"Although this study included a small sample, the findings provide preliminary evidence that osteoarthritis sufferers can obtain health-related benefits from the combination of glucosamine and walking.

"Walking 3,000 steps per day for exercise, in bouts of at least 1,500 steps each, on at least three days per week provided these benefits." explained one of the researchers.

Research Paper Details:

Ng NTG, Heesch KC, Brown WJ. Efficacy of a progressive walking program and glucosamine sulphate supplementation on osteoarthritic symptoms of the hip and knee: a feasibility trial. Arthritis Research & Therapy, 2010; 12 (1): R25.


Link to this article:   Show: HTML LinkFull LinkShort Link
Share or Bookmark this page: You will need to have an account with the selected service in order to post links or bookmark this page.

                 
  
Subscribe via RSS or email:
Follow us through RSS or email. Click the RSS icon to subscribe to our feed.

     
  

Related Articles:
Add a Comment
You must be registered and logged in to comment.





Visit Vaccines.Me for information and education on vaccination.


Latest Articles
Some Notes of Advice on Health, Disease and 'Medicine'
Cooking With Vegetable Oils Releases Toxic Cancer-Causing Chemicals, Say Experts
Cancer Simplified: Part 5 - The Initiators and Promoters of Cancer
Cancer Simplified: Part 4 - The Immune System's In-Built Anti-Cancer Mechanism
Cancer Simplified: Part 3 - Cancer Is Simply a Failure of the Immune System
Cancer Simplified: Part 2 - An Analogy for Different Perceptions About Treatment of Cancer
Cancer Simplified: Part 1 - What Is Cancer and How Does It Develop?
Honey and Anti-Biotic Resistance: A New Approach!
On the Rejection of Hijaamah by the Physicians (Shaykh Muhammad Bin Ibraaheem Aal Al-Shaykh)
How to Limit Efffects of Bisphenol-A Upon Children

Pages
No pages found.

Most Popular
Garlic, Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar: Must Have Excellent Home Remedy
How To Eat Fruit Properly
Rocket: A Spicy Salad Leaf With Potent Health Benefits
Ibn al-Qayyim: Henna Has Many Benefits from Treating Headaches to Burns
Why We Need Protein in our Diets
Five Superfoods You Should Be Eating Everyday
Talbina: Relaxation For the Heart of the Sick Person
Deodorant And Anti-Perspirant Dangers - Do You Know What You're Putting Under Your Armpits?
The Different Kinds Of Exercises Your Body Needs
What Foods Are Good For Your Eyesight?

Archives (View more)
2016 • January
2015 • November
2014 • March
2014 • February
2013 • October
2012 • October
2012 • August
2012 • January
2011 • December
2011 • November
2011 • October
2011 • September


Copyright © 2017 . All rights reserved. RSSTagsPrivacyLegal and Terms of Use Find Arabic Course