Bone Health with Dr. Matt Stryker

In This Episode

Neal is talkin' bones this week. How to care for our bones and keep them strong into the winter of our lives can get murky. Neal explains what calcium actually does for us and what other vitamins and factors we should be taking into account. It might surprise you what influences bone density. Plus, we hear from Dr. Matt Stryker, a clinical pharmacist and assistant professor at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This episode is book-ended with puns, so, you know... just a head's up...

Topics Discussed

  • How and when to build bone density
  • Definition of osteoporosis
  • Supplements don’t really help in this case
  • Causes of OP
  • Prevention of OP
  • How to get calcium if allergic to dairy
  • Different types of magnesium
  • Explanation of vitamin D
  • Explanation of vitamin K
  • Explanation of Strontium


  • Fear of medication
  • Risk calculators of OP
  • Microcracks
  • Atypical femoral fractures
  • Bisphosphonates
  • Risk of hypocalcemia
  • Hip and vertebral fractures

All About Matt Stryker

Doctor of Pharmacy, Matthew Stryker, is a clinical pharmacist at Albany Medical Center and an assistant professor at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a focus on ambulatory care and endocrinology.

Dr. Stryker, Pharm.D., BCACP, CLS serves as a clinical pharmacist at Albany Medical Center's Division of Community Endocrinology – an ambulatory endocrine clinic. At his site he runs a cardiovascular risk reduction clinic with a focus on advanced lipid management, in addition to serving as a preceptor for Doctor of Pharmacy candidates and a drug information resource for the practice. He is currently involved in many research projects – both personal and industry-sponsored.

Dr. Stryker completed his postgraduate year one pharmacy residency at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and graduated from St. John Fisher's Wegmans School of Pharmacy. His clinical interests include clinical trial design and implementation, dyslipidemia and management of endocrine-based disorders.


About Dr. Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller is a holistic pharmacist, supplement expert, and founder of Woodstock Vitamins. Dr. Neal’s mission is to challenge the natural products industry, redefining holistic care and setting the standard for supplement quality. His methods and products are backed by real science, and with them, he builds and supports his customers’ lifelong wellness strategies.

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