Our expert says:
Wishing you all the best for 2009. I am so sorry to hear about your dear Mother's hip replacement and the fact that you also have degenerative disks in your back. I don't think that the products on the market which state that they improve joint disease will have a negative effect on hypertension and diabetes, but I have also not read any conclusive evidence so far that chondroitin and msm will actually make a difference to the degeneration. You can ask your chemist to check who produces or distributes these products and ask the manufacturer if they affect asthmatics. I would recommend that your Mom should have a diet worked out specifically for her conditions by a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). We are still waiting for the scientific tests on Hoodia to be completed. Until these Hoodia products have been given the go-ahead I can also not recommend them. Once the studies have been completed and we know if Hoodia is safe to use, we can reevaluate their use for slimming.
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