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Should I let my doctor know I am taking glucosamine?

Before taking glucosamine, you should talk with your healthcare provider to determine whether it is safe. Certain medical conditions or medications (including other nutritional or herbal supplements) may put you at higher risk of side effects from glucosamine or may worsen your health conditions. For example, because glucosamine may affect blood sugar, diabetics should be closely monitored while taking this supplement. In addition, some forms of glucosamine may be contaminated with other drugs or toxic metals. It is important to talk with your doctor about which sources are known to be reliable and untainted. Your doctor or pharmacist can also make recommendations about what dose is best to treat your particular health condition.

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