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, August 11, 2015

Sequential Therapy with Bisphosphonates and Strontium Ranelate

"A recent study provides evidence that prior bisphosphonate therapy results in blunting and delay of the BMD response to strontium ranelate. In a prospective study in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, 56 bisphosphonate-naïve women and 52 women treated with an oral bisphosphonate for at least one year, who had stopped bisphosphonate therapy within the last month, were given strontium ranelate 2 g daily, together with calcium and vitamin D supplements. After 1 year of treatment, BMD in the lumbar spine had increased 5.6% in bisphophonate-naïve women and by 2.1% in women previously treated with bisphosphonates; at both 6 and 12 months the BMD increase in the former group was significantly less than in the latter. At the total hip there was no significant change in BMD at one year in the bisphophonate pretreated women compared to an increase of 3.4% in the treatment naïve group. In an extension of this study, it was shown that BMD in the spine in pretreated women increased in parallel with treatment naïve women from 6 months onwards, whereas some blunting of the BMD response at the hip was still observed after 2 years of treatment. The most likely mechanism to explain these effects is that bisphosphonates inhibit the uptake of strontium into bone because of suppression of bone turnover and the consequent reduction in newly formed bone."

"Osteoporosis: Diagnosis and Management," Dale W. Stovall (ed.), Wiley (Jul 15, 2013), 288 pages, Chapter 13, pages 202-203.

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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.