According to an epidemiological study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine from West Virginia University, glucosamine supplements may reduce overall mortality just about as well as regular exercise does.
“Does this mean that if you get off work at five o’clock one day, you should just skip the gym, take a glucosamine pill and go home instead?” said Dana King, professor, and chair of the Department of Family Medicine, who led the study. “That’s not what we suggest. Keep exercising, but the thought that taking a pill would also be beneficial is intriguing.”
For this study data was assessed from 16,686 adults who were aged 40+ and completed the National Health and Nutrition Survey(US NHANES) from 1999-to 2010. This data was merged with the 2015 mortality figures and controlled for various factors like age, sex, smoking status, and physical activity level.