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Author Topic: Experiences with Strontium Supplmentation for Osteoporosis?  (Read 1175 times)

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Offline sfpvguy41

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Experiences with Strontium Supplmentation for Osteoporosis?
« on: March 29, 2011, 06:00:21 PM »
Has anyone with here had any experience with strontium supplements to fight osteoporosis?

Recently I was diagnosed with osteoporosis after only 6 years of successful HAART treatment, and Iíve been researching this issue.  My doctor put me on Fosamax, along with Calcium and Vitamin D supplements.  I am lactose intolerant so I had been avoiding milk products, but now Iím eating them regularly along with lots of Lactaid pills!  And Iím doing regular weight-bearing exercises, but have had to change my gym routine.  I also upped my testosterone supplement.

In addition to the bisphosphonates like Fosamax and Boniva, another approach is to supplement with Strontium.  Protelos is a drug approved in 44 countries and used in the EU, it is shown in several studies to work better than the other drugs http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1369778/Last-resort-osteoporosis-drug-17-times-better-standard-treatment.html?ito=feeds-newsxml, and http://www.osteopenia3.com/strontium-ranelate.html and shows up to 49% reduction in fractures in the first year (New England Journal of Medicine http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa022436.  It is made of strontium ranelate, but is not available in the US.

In the US strontium is available as a supplement, in the form of strontium citrate, and is available inexpensively at places like GNC http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11029050. There are quite a few success stories about it on the National Osteoporosis Foundation website http://www.inspire.com/groups/national-osteoporosis-foundation/discussion/success-stories-w-o-drugs/ , but of course these are mostly older women.  I asked my HIV doc about it, and he hadnít heard about it.  Although he has had lots of patients with osteopenia, he said my osteoporosis readings were the worst he had seen.  So Iím headed for a referral to an endocrinologist, a 49 year old man with bones like my momísÖ

Apparently strontium and the bispohsphonates are complementary.  Strontium not only inhibits bone loss but actually stimulate new bone growth.  You just have to take it at a different time than the calcium supplement as it is absorbed in a similar manner.  With my numbers I want to attack it every way possible:  Iím too young to fall and break a hip, but that can actually happen now.
Labs: (undetectable since 2005)
12/13: 634 cdr, 37.3%, 758 cd8, total chol 183, triglycerides 131
8/13: changed to Edurant from Reyataz
12/12: 828 cd4, 34.5%, 1078 cd8, total chol 192, tri 196
12/11: 787 cd4, 37%, 979 cd8.
9/11: 758 cd4, 38%, 944 cd8, und.
8/11 dropped norvir, incr reyataz to 400 mg
6/11: 621 CD4 CD4% 41, CD8 680! Undetectable. Creatinine and eGFR are ok now.
Switched from Truvada to Epzicom in late April 2011
AGT/AST and creatinine back to normal mid-April.
Cut Norvir from regimen.
Switched back to Reyataz/Norvir late Feb 2011
2/11: CD4 664 34%, CD8 963, diagnosed with osteoporosis, high AGT/AST and creatinine.
12/10: CD4: 676 CD4%: 34 CD8: 1012
Switched from Reyataz/norvir to Isentress 10/10
8/10: CD4: 731 CD4%: 40 CD8: 866
Diagnosed Sept. 2002 started meds May 2005.

 


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