Calcium Deficiency Information

Calcium Deficiency Symptoms, Vitamin D Deficiency Information and Facts

 

Calcium Deficiency Symptoms

Calcium Deficiency, also known as ‘Hypocalcaemia’, refers to when a person has insufficient levels of calcium in the blood. Not only is calcium essential for maintaining the overall health of bones and teeth, but it is also needed in other parts of the body such as the nerves and muscles.

Calcium Deficiency Symptoms

A calcium deficient person could experience a variety of symptoms. These symptoms may not all appear at the same time and could be misdiagnosed due to many of these symptoms being the same as other deficiencies or illnesses. But by learning and knowing the symptoms, one certainly has a better chance of finding out if they are indeed signs of being calcium deficient.

The symptoms include muscle cramps, muscle twitching and back spasms. Often people will complain of a “pins and needles” sensation around the mouth and in the fingers and toes. Bones become more porous and fragile while teeth are susceptible to tooth decay. Calcium deficiency symptoms may also include brittle nails, course hair, dull looking skin and listlessness. Calcium deficient people also tend to suffer from insomnia and have pale complexions with a low tolerance for colder climates. Hypertension, convulsions and severe menstrual cramps are also examples of symptoms one might experience.


Causes

There are a few reasons as to why a person could suffer from calcium deficiency. Age, low vitamin D consumption and poor diet, where not enough calcium is consumed, could leave you with brittle bones. The lack of calcium in your food causes the body to remove calcium from your bones to be used in other organs of your body such as the muscles. If poor calcium intake in your diet continues, your bones, teeth, nerves and muscles will suffer.

Prolonged use of medications or laxatives containing magnesium may also lead to calcium deficiency. The absence of the parathyroid hormone (PTH) which helps increase the concentration of calcium into the blood stream and extreme exposure to mercury are also examples of the many causes of calcium deficiency.


Diagnosis

If you recognize some of the calcium deficiency symptoms and have a strong suspicion that you might be suffering from calcium deficiency, then you may need to see your GP urgently. Your GP will probably enquire about your lifestyle and diet, and then possibly suggest a physical examination. Blood tests will be done to check the calcium levels in your blood however the calcium levels in your bones would have to be tested by means of x-rays.


Treatment

Once your GP has diagnosed the severity of you calcium deficiency, there are a few ways in which it can be treated. Calcium Gluconate can be given to a patient via a drip however if the case is more severe, calcium chloride is given also via a drip instead. Once your body has received a boost with the calcium drips, there are more ways to increase your calcium intake on a daily basis.

Consume dairy products such as milk, cheese or yogurts and if you’re allergic to dairy products, Tofu provides a great alternative. Snack on nuts and raisins as these will greatly supplement your calcium intake – and are also a healthier alternative to snaking. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables, either raw or steamed. Lastly, purchase a calcium supplement that contains Vitamin D as this is essential in helping the body absorb calcium.

Posted by sydios - May 5, 2011 at 7:29 am

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Top 5 Calcium Rich Foods

It’s a shame that we only get one set of adult teeth. If you lose one, it won’t grow back. However there is one way to feed and nurture your teeth and that is by eating Calcium rich foods! This trace element is very important for healthy, strong bones and muscles but you have to be very conscious about your Calcium intake, because normally people don’t get enough of this important element. If you are a parent, cooking with Calcium rich foods is an even more important factor for you, as this element is essential for growth.

1.       Dairy products

Your mom was right when she told you to drink your milk so that you will have strong teeth! Milk and cheese are indeed two of the most commonly known products rich in Calcium. Parmesan is the best choice of cheese if you would like to increase your Calcium intake. When choosing dairy products other than cheese, keep in mind that low fat milk and yoghurt usually contains more Calcium than their full fat versions.

2.       Green vegetables

Eating leafy, mostly dark or even light green vegetables is not only good for your bones as they are rich in Calcium; these vegetables provide a handful of other important trace elements. Eat more broccoli, dandelion greens or turnip for a healthier lifestyle! It is best to eat these vegetables raw so it is always a good choice to blend some delicious green leafy vegetables and make a healthy juice! It will be heavenly! For salads rather than shakes make a delicious and nourishing meal out of cabbage, cole, kohlrabi or roman lettuce.

3.       Pulses

Protein-rich pulses such as green beans, peas, beans or chickpeas don’t only make a nutritious meal by themselves, they are also extremely rich in Calcium. Try out some new delicious recipes for beans and peas and let yourself fall in love with them, if you are not a fan yet.

4.       Oilseeds

Oilseeds including almonds, peanut, walnut and sesame are tasty treats and some of the most Calcium rich foods out there. Brazil nuts are also a good source of this highly important trace element, as they have more than 200 mg of Calcium in a cup. If you are a snack-eater, then try replacing crisps with almonds! They are not only rich in Calcium, but they are also good for your digestion. Almonds are also a great source of phosphorus and magnesium, which makes this mouthwatering treat a great medicine for your heart and blood vessels.

5.       Fish

Herring is probably the richest in Calcium amongst fishes, but it is highly recommended to eat practically any kinds of fish. As well as its’ richness in Calcium, Herring also provides lots of Vitamin D, which is fortunate, because usually our only Vitamin D source is the sun. Eating canned fish with soft bones are also a great way to increase our Calcium input. If you are going with canned fish, choose sardine, salmon or mackerel.

Posted by sydios - February 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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