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, November 23, 2012

Hip Fracture Risk and Antihypertensive Drugs

Are you taking strontium citrate or one of the osteoporosis medications to increase your BMD and decrease your bone fracture risk? Here is something else to consider if you are at least 66 years of age. 
 
Initiating antihypertensive drugs in the elderly has been associated with an immediate increased risk of falls. The most likely mechanism is orthostatic hypotension, which is associated with dizziness and fainting. The effect is acute, occurs over a relatively short time, and may lead to falls, some of which can result in hip fractures.

The following study was undertaken to determine whether initiation of antihypertensive drugs (e.g., thiazide diuretics, angiotensin II converting–enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers, or β-adrenergic blockers) was associated with an immediate increased risk of hip fractures. Health care administrative databases were used to identify patients initiating an antihypertensive drug in Ontario, Canada. Elderly  people who began receiving an antihypertensive drug had a 43% increased risk of having a hip fracture during the first 45 days following treatment initiation.



 

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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.