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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Friday, December 5, 2014

Similarities in Acquired Factors Related to Postmenopausal Osteoporosis and Sarcopenia

“Sarcopenia, that is, muscle wasting, and osteoporosis,
that is, fragile bone disease, are significant health burdens
among the postmenopausal women. The prevalence of sarcopenia
has been reported to be 10% to 40% in postmenopausal
population depending on the reference method used and the population.
Osteoporosis affects approximately 30% of (the) female population
over 50 years (of age). Sarcopenia results in decline in activities of
daily living, quality of life, and self-rated health and increases falls and related
skeletal fractures which have been estimated to have deep impact of social
and healthcare-related costs of the postmenopausal population.”

“The present paper focuses on similarities in acquired
factors associated with postmenopausal osteoporosis and
sarcopenia concentrating on decades after the menopausal
transition. Consequently, essential aspects on the effects of
aging on sarcopenia and osteoporosis will be covered.”

“Postmenopausal women are at risk of both osteoporosis
and sarcopenia. There is evidence that these two conditions
coexists and share similar risk factors. Both sarcopenia
and osteoporosis are strongly linked not only to aging
but also to estrogen depletion and thereby to menopausal
transition. This makes the postmenopausal population a
significant target group for prevention of both sarcopenia
and osteoporosis.”

“While the associations between muscle strength, muscle
mass, and functional capacity with clinically relevant endpoint
of osteoporosis, that is, BMD and fractures, have been
reported, there are no studies addressing the associations
between three stages of clinical sarcopenia, that is, presarcopenia,
sarcopenia, and severe sarcopenia. The associations
of the three modalities of sarcopenia with osteopenia,
osteoporosis, and severe osteoporosis remain unexplored.
An essential part of the diagnosis of both osteoporosis
and sarcopenia includes DXA, which allows simultaneous
assessment of both conditions. The future research should
concentrate on exploring the clinically relevant dimensions
and interactions of sarcopenia and osteoporosis.”

To read the full review article by Joonas Sirola and Heikki Kröger:

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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.