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What should I know before using glucosamine?

Although many people take glucosamine and chondroitin for osteoarthritis, it's not yet clear whether the combo actually reduces pain and slows joint damage. Taking glucosamine with blood thinners is considered unsafe, since the combination can put you at risk for bleeding and bruising. Glucosamine may worsen asthma, and if you have diabetes, it's important to monitor glucose levels carefully while taking this supplement. There have also been concerns that glucosamine may raise blood pressure and cholesterol levels, but human studies haven't confirmed them.

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