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Thursday, August 11, 2016

My DXA Scan on August 4, 2016

My scores improved, but I am still in the osteopenia range. Therefore, I will keep taking 680 mg strontium per day from strontium citrate, along with my other supplements. Here are my results:

Spine: Total BMD of the spine (L1-4) is 0.897 g/cm2, with a T-score of -1.4.

Left Femoral Neck: BMD is 0.729 g/cm2, with a T-score of -1.1.

Left Total Hip: BMD is 0.812 g/cm2, with a T-score of -1.1.

Compared to the prior study (August 21, 2013), there was a 3% increase in BMD of the lumbar spine and a 5% increase in BMD of the left total hip.

My lumbar spine T-scores have always been worse than my left total hip T-scores.
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 to -1.4 (osteopenia) in August 2016.


J.Hopkins said...

I have Osteoporosis and have had no luck with Fosamax. My next option is to have an infusion which I have opted put of. I follow some health sites and happened on to AlgaeCal at about the same time I was getting a new DXA. My numbers are close to yours with some possibly worse. The dosage of AlgaeCal is twice a day with food and Strontium suggested at night. I have a MS medication I take 3X a day and 5 hours apart. The AlgaeCal can't be taken with other medications so ... It has looked impossible until I saw your post. I am excited to see actual positive results. I want to make sure I am understanding your medications and dosage correctly: 1,200 mg Calcium Citrate; 1,000 IU D3; 500 mg Magnesium Citrate; Strontium 680 mg
( I currently take Calcium 1,200; 6,000 IU D3; 1,000 Magnesium Citrate; K2 1,200)
Do you split up your dosage. Do you take with meals? What has worked best for you?
I am seeing a Functional doctor on Wednesday. He has an office in Houston as well as Charlotte. I want to be armed with as much information as possible before seeing him.
I see that you live in Dallas. I am from Fort Worth but living in Charlotte where most of my children and grandchildren live.

Thank you for taking the time to share your information. I was feeling rather frustrated until your post appeared.

Again, thanks - Janice Hopkins

BoneLady said...

Dear Janice,

I take Country Life, Gluten Free, Calcium Magnesium Complex (500 mg Ca, 250 mg Mg per tablet). I only take one tablet per day. It contains Calcium (as calcium hydroxyapatite, citrate, aspartate, alpha-ketoglutarate, lysinate) and Magnesium (as magnesium oxide, citrate, aspartate, taurinate, alpha-ketoglutarate). I take this tablet at lunchtime. I get the rest of my calcium from food.

I take 680 mg strontium as strontium citrate at night before bedtime. I take both capsules at night before bedtime on an empty stomach.

I get 1000 IU vitamin D3 from my multivitamin, which I take at dinner with most of my other supplements. Here are all my supplements:

Anonymous said...

The strontium supplement (Doctor's Best) I've been taking has been bought by a Chinese company. I'm no longer willing to buy it. Do you know which brands made in the U.S., Canada or Europe? Thank you.

BoneLady said...

To Anonymous:

I've also been taking Doctor's Best Strontium Bone Maker. Two brands I know are good are Advanced Ortho Molecular Research, AOR, Advanced Series, Strontium Support II and Pure Encapsulations Strontium (citrate). LifeExtension,Strontium Caps,750 mg, Swanson Stontium Citrate, and Vitacost Strontium may also be worth checking out.

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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.