Skeleton Pirate

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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, December 11, 2014

FRAX Identifies Women with Prevalent Asymptomatic Vertebral Fractures


A Moroccan model for the FRAX tool to determine the absolute risk of osteoporotic fracture at 10 years has been established recently. The study aimed to assess the discriminative capacity of FRAX in identifying women with prevalent asymptomatic vertebral fractures (VFs).

We enrolled in this cross-sectional study 908 post-menopausal women with a mean age of 60.9 years ±7.7 (50 to 91) with no prior known diagnosis of osteoporosis. Subjects were recruited from asymptomatic women selected from the general population. Lateral VFA (vertebral fracture assessment) images and scans of the lumbar spine and proximal femur were obtained using a GE Healthcare Lunar Prodigy densitometer. VFs were defined using a combination of Genantsemiquantitative (SQ) approach and morphometry. We calculated the absolute risk of major fracture and hip fracture with and without bone mineral density (BMD)using the FRAX website.The overall discriminative value of the different risk scores was assessed by calculating the areas under the ROC curve (AUC).

VFA images showed that 179 of the participants (19.7%) had at least one grade 2/3 VF. The group of women with VFs had a statistically significant higher FRAX scores for major and hip fractures with and without BMD, and lower weight, height, and lumbar spine and hip BMD and T-scores than those without a VFA-identified VF. The AUC ROC of FRAX for major fracture without BMD was 0.757 (CI 95%; 0.718-0.797) and 0.736 (CI 95%; 0.695-0.777) with BMD, being 0.756 (CI 95%; 0.716-0.796) and 0.747 (CI 95%; 0.709-0.785), respectively for FRAX hip fracture without and with BMD. The AUC ROC of lumbar spine T-score and femoral neck T-score were 0.660 (CI 95%; 0.611-0.708) and 0.707 (CI 95%; 0.664-0.751) respectively.

In asymptomatic post-menopausal women, the FRAX risk for major fracture without BMD had a better discriminative capacity in identifying the women with prevalent VFs than lumbar spine and femoral neck T-scores suggesting its usefulness in identifying women in whom VFA could be indicated. 

To read the full research article by Abdellah El Maghraoui, Siham Sadni, Nabil Jbili, Asmaa Rezqi, Aziza Mounach and Imad Ghozlani click on this link:

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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.