Skeleton Pirate

Skeleton Pirate
Artist: LindaB


Have you experienced, or read about, negative, and even dangerous, side effects from Fosamax (alendronate), Boniva (ibandronate), Actonel (risedronate), and other bisphosphonates prescribed for osteoporosis? If you have, then rest assured there is a safe, effective treatment for this condition. Strontium, primarily in the form of strontium citrate, is taken orally once a day.

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Men And Young Women With Osteoporosis

Mention osteoporosis to most people and they automatically think of women, especially older women, but men and young women can also have brittle bones. According to Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's article in Parade (May 18, 2008, page 8), two million men is the U.S.A. have the disease, and 12 million more are at risk. I haven't found statistics for young women, but I have read blog posts from several women in their 20's and 30's with osteoporosis.

Causes include:

  • Steroids taken to treat asthma or arthritis

  • Long-term use of antacids containing aluminum

  • Low levels of sex hormones (Hysterectemies in women can cause this.)

  • Too much thyroid hormone

  • Smoking

  • Excessive alcohol consumption

  • Lack of exercise

  • Inadequate dietary calcium

  • Heredity

  • Lactation (Nursing mothers lose calcium.)

Wandering Skeleton

Wandering Skeleton
Artist: Joel Hoekstra

Osteoporotic Bone

Osteoporotic Bone

How Strontium Builds Bones

Strontium is a mineral that tends to accumulate in bone. Studies have shown that oral doses of strontium are a safe and effective way to prevent and reverse osteoporosis. Doses of 680 mg per day appear to be optimal. See my "For More Information About Strontium" links section.

Osteoporosis is caused by changes in bone production. In healthy young bones there is a constant cycle of new bone growth and bone removal. With age, more bone is removed and less new bone is produced. The bones become less dense and thus more fragile.

Scientists believe that strontium works in two ways. It may stimulate the replication of pre-osteoblasts, leading to an increase in osteoblasts (cells that build bone). Strontium also directly inhibits the activity of osteoclasts (cells that break down bone). The result is stronger bones.

When taking strontium, be sure to take 1200 mg calcium, 1000 IU vitamin D3, and 500 mg magnesium daily. It is best to take strontium late at night on an empty stomach. Calcium and strontium may compete with each other for absorption if taken together.