Question: What is glucosamine and chondroitin and how effective are they in treating pain resulting from rheumatoid arthritis?
Answer: Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are substances that are produced by the body. And what we do is utilize them to stimulate the production of normal elements that are part of the joint in order to protect it. You can use them either by taking pills or you can use them by injecting directly into the joint.
If you are a diabetic, however, you are prone to infections. Every time that you are piercing the skin with a needle then you are putting yourself at the risk of an infection. If you are a diabetic, then your risk is going to be high.
If this is done under the right supervision of the doctor and your glucose levels are well controlled, then you should be okay and you should have a low risk to have an infection. But again, it has to be in the context of a close supervision and interaction with your practitioners.
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