Diseases and Disorders

Calcium Deficiency Symptoms

What is calcium deficiency?

Calcium Deficiency Symptoms? I remember as a child I was constantly reminded of how drinking a glass of milk would help in building strong and healthy bones. No matter how much I hated it, I had to go through this exercise at least two times a day. Rightly so, a glassful of milk provides an abundance of calcium, which is known to not only improve bone health but also affect blood pressure, heart health, body weight and cancer prevention. Calcium is a necessary mineral that our body cannot produce on its own, which is why it is got through dietary sources.

According to National Institutes of Health (NIH- Office of Dietary Supplements), adults from 19 to 50 years of age should have 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day and adult men above 51-70 should have 1,200 milligrams per day. While this may look like a small amount, we fail in fulfilling the daily requirements that lead to calcium deficiency.

Calcium deficiency is a common problem these days. It may become serious if not diagnosed and treated on time. We advise to check your essential body minerals with an affordable blood test. Here are some signs that you should look out for, in case you are calcium deficient.

Calcium deficiency symptoms

7 Most common symptoms of calcium deficiency

  1. Weak and brittle nails – One of the most common symptoms of calcium deficiency is weak and brittle nails. If you are constantly experiencing chipped nails or your nails tend to not grow properly, it could mean that you are calcium deficient. Load up on more and more calcium dense foods like dairy products, greens, seeds, salmon, nuts, tofu, figs.
  2. Muscle cramps – Muscle cramps are also early symptoms of calcium deficiency. A single muscle cramp may not be alarming, but if you are experiencing quite a few cramps in a day, it may be a calcium related deficiency you are dealing with. Calcium deficiency leads to muscle tenderness, contraction, and overall discomfort as this mineral helps in moving your muscles.
  3. Dental cavities – Calcium is an important constituent of our teeth. Therefore, deficiency in the body may affect as well. Your teeth decay and become prone to cavities as they become weaker by the day. In fact, you may also experience bad breath problems. So start loading up on more dairy products in order to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
  4. High blood pressure – According to studies, calcium intake has been associated with lowering high blood pressureCalcium basically helps blood vessels contract and expand; it also aids the transmission of signals in nerves and cells. Low calcium levels help maintain sodium balance, further help in regulating blood pressure levels.
  5. Vitamin D deficiency – Calcium needs vitamin D to absorb into the body, so lacking in one means you will probably be low on the other. So, try to increase your calcium and vitamin D dense foods like cereals, milk, juice, etc. Soak in sunlight that is an excellent source of vitamin D.
  6. Insomnia – Calcium causes the release of melatonin, which is needed for a sound sleep. If you are calcium deficient, the body may not release the required amount, leaving you restless through the night. Ensure that your calcium intake every day is on point.
  7. Poor bone density – Calcium deficiency may lead to brittle bones, leading to fractures and severe conditions like rickets and osteoporosis. 99 percent of the calcium is stored in the bones and one percent that remains is carried in the bloodstream. With the deficiencybones release the mineral, making them brittle and weak causing such severe conditions. Therefore, it is important to load up on enough calcium for the day.

Chronic Calcium Deficiency Diseases

In case of chronic calcium deficiency and severe symptoms, ensure that you consult a doctor as soon as possible.

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