Dear Pharmacist: My wife has osteoporosis in her back pretty badly. I read your article a few years ago, about strontium being a good mineral for bone health. Do you still recommend today? — C.C., Sacramento
A: Everything I said four years ago in my first column holds. Strontium has been clinically proven to support bone health. I wish more physicians would suggest over-the-counter strontium supplements before prescribing bone-building “bisphosphonate” drugs like Actonel, Boniva and Fosamax or even Evista or Forteo. A 2004 study in New England Journal of Medicine concluded that strontium reduces risk of non-vertebral fractures by 41 percent over three years, and increases bone mineral density by 14.4 percent. Impressive when you compare that to standard treatments.
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