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Is Calcium Only Way to Treat My Osteoporosis?

By    |   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 04:53 PM

Question: What if one has too much calcium in their blood, but also osteoporosis? Is there something else I should take other than calcium pills?

Dr. Hibberd's answer: 
 
If your blood is calcium-rich but you have osteoporosis, you should work closely with your physician to address both issues. Calcium is what makes our bones hard and strong. The calcium content of our blood and our bone is regulated by our four small parathyroid glands. This regulation occurs by parathyroid hormone secretion.

Parathyroid hormone regulates the amount of calcium absorbed from your diet, released into your urine, and how much is contained in our nervous system and muscle, and stored in our bones.

Too much calcium in the blood is toxic to the heart, and must be corrected to reduce mortality risk. In addition, too much calcium in the blood weakens our bones, creates kidney stones, and interferes with heart and brain function.

Common causes of high calcium include dietary excess, too much vitamin D, drug side effects, cancer, or overactive parathyroid glands (called hyperparathyroidism). When a parathyroid gland is overactive, our bones release calcium constantly into the bloodstream. As a result of too much parathyroid hormone, our bones lose density and hardness. In addition, calcium stays in your bloodstream and causes all kinds of problems.

You should see your doctor for a definitive referral to evaluate you for hyperparathyroidism and definitive treatment.

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