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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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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Secondary Causes of Osteoporosis

Secondary causes of bone loss are not often considered in patients who are diagnosed as having osteoporosis. In some studies, 20% to 30% of postmenopausal women and more than 50% of men with osteoporosis have a secondary cause. Before starting a course of treatment for osteoporosis, whether with over-the-counter strontium citrate or with a prescription drug, secondary causes of bone loss should be ruled out. In secondary osteoporosis, treatment should include treating the underlying cause of the disease. This short article by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) lists most of the causes of secondary osteoporosis. The causes are broken down into four categories: medical conditions, hormonal, other links, and medications or chemicals.


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BoneLady said...

To: Anonymous of 06/16/2014,

Thank you. I am planning another post on the tests one should have to check for secondary causes of osteoporosis.

Anonymous said...

strontium is useful for glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in men?

BoneLady said...

To: Anonymous of 06/24/2014,

The use of strontium for glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in men has not been proven by clinical trials. A study, “Efficacy and Safety of Strontium Ranelate in the Treatment of Osteoporosis in Men,” was published online in JCEM on January 22, 2014. The effects of strontium ranelate on BMD in osteoporotic men were similar to those in postmenopausal osteoporotic women, supporting its use in the treatment of osteoporosis in men. This study excluded those with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.

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.