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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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Is Bone Loss Due to Weight Loss Regained?

Short-term weight loss is accompanied by bone loss in postmenopausal women. The longer-term impact of weight loss on bone in reduced overweight/obese women compared with women who regained their weight was examined in this study using a case-control design. Forty-two postmenopausal women were recruited two years after the start of a six-month weight loss trial. The 22 women who maintained their weight (weight loss maintainer [WL-M] group) were matched to a cohort of 20 women who regained their weight (weight loss regainer [WL-R] group).

Bone mineral density (BMD) at the femoral neck, trochanter, spine, radius, and total body, and soft-tissue composition were taken at baseline, 0.5 years, and two years. After two years, both groups lost BMD at the femoral neck and trochanter , whereas only the WL-M group reduced BMD at the 1/3 radius. There was greater BMD loss at the trochanter and 1/3 radius in the WL-M group compared with the WL-R group after two years.

The study concluded that, after two years, there is no recovery of bone loss induced by weight reduction, irrespective of weight regain. Weight regain does not result in recovery of bone, but it prevents greater loss at the trochanter and 1/3 radius compared with reduced-obese women. These data suggest that the period after weight loss may be an important point in time to prevent bone loss for those who maintain weight and those who regain weight.

This information is taken from a much longer article, Does Bone Loss Begin After Weight Loss Ends?

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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.