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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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lifestyle Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

What you can change!
These are modifiable risk factors which primarily arise because of
diet or lifestyle choices.

15.Do you regularly drink alcohol in excess of safe drinking
limits (more than 2 units a day)?

A unit of alcohol is equivalent to 10 ml (or approximately
8 grams) of pure ethanol, the active chemical ingredient
in alcoholic beverages. Excessive alcohol consumption
increases the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

One unit of beer or cider (4% alcohol) is 250 ml/8.75 oz.
One unit of wine (12.5% alcohol) is 80 ml/2.80 oz.
One unit of spirits (40% alcohol) is 25 ml/0.88 oz.

16.Do you currently, or have you ever, smoked cigarettes?

17.Is your daily level of physical activity less than 30
minutes per day (housework, gardening, walking,
running etc.)?

18. Do you avoid, or are you allergic to milk or dairy
products, without taking any calcium supplements?

19.Do you spend less than 10 minutes per day outdoors
(with part of your body exposed to sunlight), without
taking vitamin D supplements?

Note: See previous blog post: Non-modifiable Risk Factors 
for Osteoporosis

Understanding Your Answers:

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions (1 -19) it does not
mean that you have osteoporosis. Positive answers simply
mean that you have clinically-proven risk factors which may
lead to osteoporosis and fractures.

Please show this risk test to your doctor who may encourage
you to take a FRAX® risk assessment (available at and/or have a bone mineral density
(BMD) test. In addition your doctor will advise on what
treatment, if any, is recommended.

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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.