Hey Radical Body Transformations family! You and I have been having a discussion on health. You follow the best practices for healthy living. But some deficiencies turn into illness. And, ultimately, illness turns into a loss of body freedom. Adding to this conversation, today, we’re talking about calcium and its importance in our body. What to do when calcium levels in the body drop? How to identify low calcium levels? Let’s find out.
What's calcium deficiency disease?
Calcium is a vital mineral. Healthy teeth and bones are built by calcium. Also, your body uses it for healthy heart function. It’s a little known fact that muscular functioning also depends on calcium.
According to Britannica:
Calcium deficiency, a condition in which calcium is insufficient or is not utilized correctly. Severe calcium deficiency, or hypocalcemia, defined as a reduction of calcium levels in the bloodstream below a specific normal range, has its own clinical manifestations.
Dangers of hypocalcemia or calcium deficiency.
This disease is of the bones. The bone’s internal structure becomes airy. This porous structure decreases bone density.
This disease is related to the bones. Here, the bones are functional. However, strength drops. Uncontrolled falling and collapsing is an outcome. People above 50 years of age are prone to Osteopenia.
- Eye damage is also possible.
- Irregular and abnormal heartbeat may occur.
Kids with low calcium levels are at risk too. Complete growth is structured. When they grow up, weak bones cause problems.
If left untreated, calcium deficiency disease could eventually be fatal.
What causes hypocalcemia?
Are you still reading? Good.
You are aware that hypocalcemia is as dangerous as it is. Not having proper bone strength will promote a dependent life. It is a life that is dependent on the support of the wheelchair. And medicines follow automatically. You will be left praying for the times where you could have revered it.
To reverse calcium deficiency, you must know what causes it. Problems are best solved at the root level.
The following causes calcium deficiency (hypocalcemia):
- Reduced calcium intake in the diet. Especially during growing years.
- Medications that decrease calcium absorption.
- Hormonal changes, especially in women
- Hereditary genes.
- Low levels of vitamin D, which makes it harder to absorb calcium
- Drug addiction
- Hypermagnesemia and hypomagnesemia
- Septic shock
- Massive blood transfusions
- Renal failure
- Certain chemotherapy drugs
- Removal of parathyroid gland tissue (thyroid gland removal)
So now, you have identified what causes calcium deficiency. How do you measure your calcium levels? What’s the healthy calcium level in the body?
Recommended calcium intake:
For children (Age group and daily recommended dietary allowance)
- Children, 9-18 years 1,300 mg
- Children, 4-8 years 1,000 mg
- Children, 1-3 years 700 mg
- Children, 7-12 months 260 mg
- Children, 0-6 months 200 mg
For adults (group and daily recommended dietary allowance)
- Women, 71 years and up 1,200 mg
- Women, 51-70 years 1,200 mg
- Women, 31-50 years 1,000 mg
- Women, 19-30 years 1,000 mg
- Men, 71 years and up 1,200 mg
- Men, 51-70 years 1,000 mg
- Men, 31-50 years 1,000 mg
- Men, 19-30 years 1,000 mg
(Source: According to the U.S. government’s dietary guidelines)
What are the symptoms of hypocalcemia?
Calcium deficiency won’t don’t result in short-term symptoms. The body maintains calcium levels naturally by processing it from the bones. However, if the body is deprived for prolonged periods, outcomes can be severe.
Hypocalcemia has symptoms as follows:
- Memory loss
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, and face
- Muscle cramps
- Weak nails
- Susceptibility to fractures
- Calcium deficiencies can stutter hair growth. Also, it makes the body fragile. Ultimately the skin loosens and thins down.
How's calcium deficiency disease diagnosed?
Calcium deficiency is diagnosed with blood serum tests.
How's hypocalcemia treated?
Calcium deficiency is reversible. However, you need to follow a healthy diet.
Keep in mind that you do not jump on medications by yourself. Getting medical help is a responsible method. Still, you can do a few lifestyle changes. We’ll show you how. Keep reading.
Including calcium-rich foods in the diet helps. Calcium supplements, too, help eradicate calcium deficiency.
If diet changes and supplements don’t work, there are doctor-assisted treatments. This includes injecting calcium into the body frequently. It is the worst-case scenario.
Note: Do not take excess calcium supplements. Otherwise, the chances of calcium deposits in the kidneys are high. These deposits become kidney stones and are tricky to dissolve.
Treatment and prevention of calcium deficiency.
Include calcium-rich foods in your diet like:
- Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt.
Other calcium sources you can include in your dietary intake are
- Prenatal vitamin for pregnant ladies.
Consider increasing Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is vital for calcium absorption. It is a means of increasing the rate of calcium. It is absorbed into the blood. In simple words, calcium intake can improve with an increase in Vitamin D intake.
Popular Vitamin D sources include:
- Salmon and tuna.
- Fortified orange juice
- Fortified milk
A GOLDEN TIP!
Sunlight triggers your body to activate vitamin D. So, spending time in the sun can be rewarding. It boosts vitamin D levels in the body.
In addition to the tips mentioned so far, you can also make lifestyle changes. Just eating and drinking good is not enough. You need to practice a mindful way of life.
The following lifestyle changes are beneficial, such as:
- Regulating your body weight.
- Regular exercises and workouts.
- Saying no to alcohol, drugs, and smoking.
Calcium-deficiency or hypocalcemia is a treatable disease. Symptoms are visible many times. Common signs and symptoms include brittle nails, eye soreness, and abnormal heart beat .
Visit your doctor’s clinic for a proper diagnosis.
Keep eating right and exercising well. Keep coming back for more informative tips and health guides at rbtshow.com.