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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Friday, December 23, 2011

Effects of Strontium Ranelate on Spinal Osteoarthritis Progression

In “Effects of strontium ranelate on spinal osteoarthritis progression,” published in Ann Rheum Dis 2008;67:335-339, O Bruyere et al aimed to determine whether a three-year treatment with strontium ranelate could delay the progression of spinal osteoarthritis (OA). This study was a post-hoc analysis of pooled data from the Spinal Osteoporosis Therapeutic Intervention (SOTI) and TReatment Of Peripheral OSteoporosis (TROPOS) trials performed on 1,105 women with osteoporosis and concomitant radiological spinal OA at baseline, and for whom lumbar x-rays were available at baseline and over the three-year treatment period. The presence and severity of osteophytes, disc space narrowing and sclerosis in the lumbar intervertebral spaces was graded, and an overall OA score was calculated for each intervertebral space. Back pain (measured on a five-point Likert scale only in SOTI) and health-related quality of life (SF-36 questionnaire) were assessed at baseline and after three years. Patients who suffered an incident or progressive vertebral fracture during the study were excluded from the analysis. The proportion of patients with worsening overall spinal OA score was reduced by 42% in the strontium ranelate group, compared with placebo. Significantly more patients in the strontium ranelate group experienced an improvement in back pain after three years, compared with placebo, while no significant difference was observed in terms of health-related quality of life between these patient groups. The researchers concluded that strontium ranelate could reduce the progression of the radiographic features of spinal osteoarthritis (OA) and back pain in women with osteoporosis and prevalent spinal OA. http://ard.bmj.com/content/67/3/335.abstract.

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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.