Who uses glucosamine and why? A study of 266,848 Australians aged 45 years and older

Sibbritt, David, Adams, Jon, Lui, Chi-Wai, Broom, Alex and Wardle, Jonathan (2012) Who uses glucosamine and why? A study of 266,848 Australians aged 45 years and older. PLoS One, 7 7: e41540.1-e41540.6. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041540

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Author Sibbritt, David
Adams, Jon
Lui, Chi-Wai
Broom, Alex
Wardle, Jonathan
Title Who uses glucosamine and why? A study of 266,848 Australians aged 45 years and older
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2012-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0041540
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 7
Issue 7
Start page e41540.1
End page e41540.6
Total pages 6
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
There has been a dramatic increase in the use of complementary medicines over recent decades. Glucosamine is one of the most commonly used complementary medicines in Western societies. An understanding of glucosamine consumption is of significance for public health and future health promotion. This paper, drawing upon the largest dataset to date with regards to glucosamine use (n = 266,844), examines the use and users of glucosamine amongst a sample of older Australians.

Analysis of the self-reported data on use of glucosamine, demographics and health status as extracted from the dataset of the 45 and Up Study, which is the largest study of healthy ageing ever undertaken in the Southern Hemisphere involving over 265,000 participants aged 45 and over.

Analysis reveals that 58,630 (22.0%) participants reported using glucosamine in the 4 weeks prior to the survey. Use was higher for those who were female, non-smokers, residing in inner/outer regional areas, with higher income and private health insurance. Of all the health conditions examined only osteoarthritis was positively associated with use of glucosamine, while cancer, heart attack or angina and other heart disease were all negatively associated with glucosamine use.

This study suggests that a considerable proportion of the Australia population aged 45 and over consume glucosamine. There is a need for health care practitioners to enquire with their patients about their use of glucosamine and for further attention to be directed to providing good quality information for patients and providers with regards to glucosamine products.
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