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What do I need to know about strontium for osteoporosis?

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If you are concerned about the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, you may have heard about treatment with strontium. Some people say this supplement improves bone health, but it’s important to think about its benefits and risks before you decide to take it.

From: Strontium for Osteoporosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation Clinical Updates: "Over-the-Counter Products & Osteoporosis: Case Discussions."

UC Davis School of Medicine: "Strontium Citrate for Osteoporosis Prevention Evaluation (SCOPE)."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Strontium."

Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa: "European strontium drug spurs supplement sales in U.S."

European Medicines Agency: “Osseor.”

National Osteoporosis Society: “Drug treatments for osteoporosis: strontium ranelate (Protelos).”

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Osteoporosis Foundation Clinical Updates: "Over-the-Counter Products & Osteoporosis: Case Discussions."

UC Davis School of Medicine: "Strontium Citrate for Osteoporosis Prevention Evaluation (SCOPE)."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Strontium."

Human Nutrition, Food & Animal Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa: "European strontium drug spurs supplement sales in U.S."

European Medicines Agency: “Osseor.”

National Osteoporosis Society: “Drug treatments for osteoporosis: strontium ranelate (Protelos).”

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 14, 2018

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