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Re: Strontium
Feb 13, 2013
just signed up and this is my first post. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis a few months ago and have been dragging my feet from DEXA scan to internist to rheumtologist because I knew they'd want me to take meds and I really don't like the idea. Started doing lots of research and was excited about strontium. have been taking for a few weeks, no adverse reactions, and now (on third follow up visit) the doc tells me that the bone that strontium helps to build is "bad" bone and that the bisphophonates help to build "good" bone. I've been trying to find corroborating research to back up. Everything bad she said about strontium seemed to be exactly what I'd heard about Fosamax.

Anyone have any background on this?
Re: Strontium
Mar 31, 2013
[QUOTE=aginghippie;5132907]just signed up and this is my first post. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis a few months ago and have been dragging my feet from DEXA scan to internist to rheumtologist because I knew they'd want me to take meds and I really don't like the idea. Started doing lots of research and was excited about strontium. have been taking for a few weeks, no adverse reactions, and now (on third follow up visit) the doc tells me that the bone that strontium helps to build is "bad" bone and that the bisphophonates help to build "good" bone. I've been trying to find corroborating research to back up. Everything bad she said about strontium seemed to be exactly what I'd heard about Fosamax.

Anyone have any background on this?[/QUOTE]

I am taking Strontium, without a doctor's supervision. Just wanted to get that out of the way.

Based on what I've read, the bisphophonates do not build bone; they do not build good bone or bad bone. They simply don't build bone at all; what they do is prevent further bone loss.

My understanding (and this is very basic as my background is not medical) is that old bone sloughs off and is replaced by new bone. As we get older, especially for women, we tend to lose bone more rapidly than we are able to replace it. The bisphophonates slow down that bone loss, so that you hold onto the old bone that you have, but the drugs appear to interrupt the bone replacement mechanism.

My problem, which is why I went on Strontium and and I am not recommending anyone follow what I am doing, is that I don't think it's a good idea to interrupt the replacing of bone. I don't know the quality of my bones, so preventing that sloughing off and replacing, when the bones I have my sub-par, seems to me to be running the risk of hanging on to "bad" bone that may very well be brittle. I have no way of knowing.

So what I have done -- and again I am not recommending anyone else follow suit -- is supplement with Strontium, Vitamin K, and calcium. I had already been supplementing Vitamin D.





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