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What are the risks of taking chondroitin?

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People who have asthma, or prostate cancer should not take chondroitin supplements without talking to a doctor first. There have been some instances of hypersensitivity in people with shellfish allergies. Since chondroitin might work as a blood thinner, there is a theoretical risk of bleeding, especially in people with bleeding disorders. Some initial reports that chondroitin may affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes have not been shown to be true in larger, more recent research studies. Also, make sure that the product being used comes from reputable companies and manufacturers.

From: Chondroitin WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT).”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Chondroitin.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Chondroitin.”

Reviewed by David Kiefer on February 28, 2017

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Glucosamine/Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT).”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Chondroitin.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Chondroitin.”

Reviewed by David Kiefer on February 28, 2017

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