Skeleton Pirate

Skeleton Pirate
Artist: LindaB

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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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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Strontium Ranelate Reduces Vertebral Fracture Risk

The primary goal of any osteoporosis treatment is prevention of stress fractures. The following abstract is from one of the most recent studies on strontium ranelate highlighted by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) at www.iofbonehealth.org/pio/latest-issue/volume-10-issue-4-2009/overview.html:

"Meunier et al report on 1649 osteoporotic women randomized to strontium ranelate (SrR) or placebo for four years followed by a one-year treatment-switch period for half of the patients. Over four years, risk of vertebral fracture was reduced by 33%. Among patients with two or more prevalent vertebral fractures, risk reduction was 36%. Lumbar BMD increased over five years in patients who continued with SrR, and decreased in patients who switched to placebo. Osteoporos Int 2009;20:1663-73"

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Wandering Skeleton

Wandering Skeleton
Artist: Joel Hoekstra

Osteoporotic Bone

Osteoporotic Bone
Source: www.mayoclinic.com

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.