Top 5 Signs of Deficiency of Calcium

Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 04:24 PM

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Since calcium is an essential element for bones, a deficiency of calcium affects bones the most severely.
 
One of the initial symptoms of calcium deficiency is muscle cramps. This sign of deficiency of calcium occurs as the initial alarm towards the decrease of calcium in the body. Muscles ache, especially those of the thighs, arms, and underarms while moving and walking around may be a sign of calcium deficiency.

Another important sign of the deficiency of calcium in the body is insomnia. In many cases, people who do not consume enough calcium in their diet suffer from loss of sleep. In certain cases, it is seen that a person, due to calcium deficiency, may fall asleep, but will not have a satisfactory or deep sleep.

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Calcium is also an important constituent for our teeth. Thus, deficiency of calcium in the body affects the teeth as well. Tooth decay is another sign of calcium deficiency in the body. Due to calcium deficiency in childhood, there may be delay in the initial start of tooth formation.
 
Calcium deficiency results in poor bone density. This can be quite a serious condition for children as it may lead to easy fractures, muscular aches, and spasms, and – in extreme cases – rickets.

Our nails also require calcium in adequate amounts to grow healthy and remain strong. Weak and brittle nails are another important sign of calcium deficiency in the body.

Late signs of puberty
in the case of adolescent females are also a sign of calcium deficiency. Apart from delayed puberty in teens, other menstruation related problems are also signs of deficiency of calcium in the body. Many teens suffer from premenstrual cramps due to the deficiency of calcium.

Calcium, being an essential component in the body, shows its presence throughout the body. Any individual, on noticing brittle nails, muscle cramps, and rough hair condition should be alerted for all of these being symptoms of calcium deficiency.

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