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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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Friday, November 6, 2009

Strontium Ranelate Reduces Fracture Risk

The TROPOS study of strontium ranelate (Protelos) reached the following conclusions about fracture risk reduction:

The number of patients experiencing a hip fracture was reduced by 36% (P=0.046) over 3 years of treatment in postmenopausal women over 74 years of age.

Protelos also reduced the relative risk of nonvertebral fracture by 16% (P=0.04) over 3 years compared with placebo.

Protelos reduced the risk of major fragility fractures (fracture of the hip, wrist, pelvis and sacrum, ribs and sternum, clavicle, humerus) by 19% (P=0.031) over 3 years compared with placebo.

In patients without prevalent vertebral fracture at baseline, Protelos reduced their risk of experiencing a first fracture by 45% (P<0.001).


Anonymous said...

Hi Bone Lady. I meant to respond sooner after you commented on my blog You mentioned that your DEXA scores improved. Therefore you are continuing to take the strontium? I have been taking strontium for over 5 months. I plan to wait until I have taken strontium at least a year before I will retest - maybe even wait until 18 months. Good luck with your continued improvement.

Kubus Puchatek said...

Hi Bone Lady,
I've been using strontium citrate for the last 4 years (would have to check docs for exact dates), and my lumbar BMD improved from 0.802 g/cm3 in 2004 to .867 g/cm2 in 2009.
It's hard to say how much of the improvement can be attributed to strontium alone, since I have been taking Calcium products and exercising much more then before discovering my decreased BMD.
I was on Fosamax for 2 months in 2004, and felt so terrible that knew I had to stop no matter what.

Do you keep any stats of people reading your blog re their bone density/strontium usage status ?
I feel there is more women like me and you, I'd love to hear their stories.
My OBGYN doesn't know a bit about strontium, I feel like I'm on my own :-((.

BoneLady said...

Hi! Kubus Puchatek,

Congratulations on your BMD improvement with strontium, calcium, and exercise. I publish comments from readers like you who report their BMD results after strontium use. I also take polls about strontium use and publish the results on my blog.

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.