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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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Monday, February 15, 2016

My Progress with Strontium Citrate

I’ve been taking Doctor’s Best Strontium Bone Maker (680 mg strontium) once daily since January 2008. That’s eight years of taking strontium continuously. My back is stronger than it’s been in years. This morning I did yard work—pulling up oak seedlings and weeds and burying a cable that keeps being uncovered by the rain. I bent over numerous times with no pain. I should have taken a work bench and not bent over, but, sometimes I forget to avoid forward bending because I feel well. I’ve had no fractures, although I keep getting older. My BMD has continued to improve. I love strontium citrate!

My lumbar spine T-scores went from -3.0 (osteoporosis) in May 2007 to -2.7 (still osteoporosis but better) in July 2009 to -1.6 (osteopenia) in August 2013. I documented my scores on this blog:

I have orders for another DXA scan this year (2016). I haven’t made an appointment yet. I’m hoping for normal (-1.0 and above) T-scores this time. I’ll keep you posted.


LoriE said...

I have followed you for a few years now, and have taken strontium citrate for 4 yrs. My husband is thin, over 60, and has a lot of back pain and symptoms I had before my osteoporosis diagnosis. He will not have a DXA at this time, but has added the bone healthy vitamins and minerals to his day :)
He is willing to add 340 strontium daily, but has reservations due to his diabetes. He has normal kidney function. Is there any information on the safety of him taking it? Or do you have an opinion? I looked back thru your blog and all I found was info saying people with lowered kidney function should not take it.
Thank you so much for all you do!!

Anonymous said...

59 year old female here. After two years on Forteo (which took my T-score from -4.1 to -3.4), I started strontium citrate this week. Prior to the Forteo, the score was going down -.2 each year, so I am anxious to, at the very least, prevent the usual deterioration. I am anxious to hear how your new testing goes. Best of luck and best wishes. And thanks for your info here. I took Fosamax for a while, but it didn't help. I am afraid of the common side effects of Reclast and Evista, so strontium has given me new hope.

BoneLady said...


I'm so sorry for the delay, but Blogger did not forward your comment to me. I just saw it when I was adding a new post.

I have never read anywhere that a person with diabetes and normal kidney function could not take strontium or should take a lower dose. My opinion is that he can take it. My sister is a diabetic, and if she had osteoporosis (she doesn't), I would recommend strontium to her at the regular dose of 680 mg/day as long as her kidney function was normal. Kidney function tests include BUN (Blood urea nitrogen), creatinine (blood), creatinine (urine), and creatinine clearance.

BoneLady said...


I posted my latest DXA results yesterday. All my scores improved slightly. Still, I was a little disappointed because I am still in the osteopenia range, and my small scan improvements paled compared to the stellar results from three years earlier.

Apparently, Blogger has stopped forwarding comments to my email inbox;so, I will have to check with Blogger daily. I'm very sorry for the delay.

I hope strontium works well for you after your BMD gains with Forteo.

Best of luck and best wishes to you, as well.

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.