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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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Effect of Strontium Ranelate on the Risk of Osteoporotic Fractures

The aim of the present study was to determine the efficacy of strontium ranelate as a function of baseline fracture risk. Treatment with strontium ranelate was associated with a significant 31% decrease in all clinical osteoporotic fractures (vertebral fractures included). Hazard ratios for the effect of strontium ranelate on the fracture outcome did not change significantly with increasing fracture probability.

 Two previous studies have suggested that the efficacy of intervention may be greater in the segment of the population at highest fracture risk as assessed by the FRAX® algorithms. The aim of the present study was to determine whether the anti-fracture efficacy of strontium ranelate was dependent of the level of fracture risk.

The primary data of the two phase III studies (SOTI and TROPOS) of the effects of strontium ranelate in postmenopausal osteoporosis were combined. Country-specific probabilities were computed using the FRAX® tool (version 2.0). The primary outcome variable comprised all clinical osteoporotic fractures (including clinical vertebral fractures). Interactions between fracture probability and efficacy were explored by Poisson regression.

The 10-year probability of major osteoporotic fractures (with BMD) ranged from 2.5% to 90.8%. FRAX®-based hip fracture probabilities ranged from 0.1% to 90.3%. The incidence of clinical osteoporotic fractures (vertebral fractures excluded) and morphometric vertebral fractures increased with increasing baseline fracture probabilities. Treatment with strontium ranelate was associated with a 31% (95% CI=20–39%) decrease in osteoporotic clinical fractures and a 40% decrease in vertebral fractures assessed by semiquantitative morphometry (95% CI=31–48%) Hazard ratios for the effect of strontium ranelate on the fracture outcomes did not change significantly with increasing fracture probability.

Strontium ranelate significantly decreased the risk of osteoporotic clinical fractures, non vertebral fractures and morphometric vertebral fractures in women. Overall, the efficacy of strontium ranelate was not dependent of the level of fracture risk assessed by FRAX.

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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.