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Can calcium supplementation save osteoporosis?

Can calcium supplementation save osteoporosis?



Can calcium supplementation save osteoporosis? The truth is…


Can calcium supplementation save osteoporosis?

Although many people know the benefits of calcium supplementation, they do not know the role of calcium in the body, nor do they know how much calcium the body needs.


Do you really know the role of calcium?

The main function of calcium in the human body is to keep bones and teeth healthy, and it also plays a very important role in the process of enzyme activity. It also helps muscle contraction, releases neurotransmitters, maintains a normal heartbeat, and promotes blood clotting.


But such an important calcium is not the more the better. For normal people, Serum calcium value is generally between 8.5-10.2 mg/100ml. Too high or too low may cause a series of problems


Too low: hypocalcemia

Q: What are the symptoms of hypocalcemia?

1. Numbness or tingling of hands, feet and lips

2. Muscle cramps or spasms

3. Muscle atrophy

4. Headache

5. Heartbeat slows down

6. Facial twitches


Q: Why does it cause hypocalcemia?

1. Hypoparathyroidism and insufficient hormone secretion

2. Low blood magnesium content affects parathyroid function

3. Vitamin D deficiency

4. Lack of kidney function, when the calcium in urine increases, it will reduce the kidney’s activation of vitamin D

5. Pancreatitis

6. Insufficient calcium intake


Q: Long-term calcium deficiency may cause

1. Dental problems

2. Cataract

3. Osteoporosis

4. Hypocalcemia may even lead to death


Too high: high blood calcium

Q: Hypercalcemia, from asymptomatic to severe

1. Kidney: High blood calcium will increase the burden on the kidneys to excrete excess calcium, resulting in dry mouth and frequent urination

2. Digestive tract: nausea, vomiting, constipation, abdominal pain

3. Skeletal muscles: pain, muscle atrophy

4. Brain: confusion, depression, fatigue

5. Heart: arrhythmia, rapid heartbeat


Q: What causes the high calcium content?

1. Hyperactive parathyroid glands: the most common factor

2. Cancer: lung cancer, breast cancer, blood cancer, bone cancer, etc.

3. Conjugation/sarcoidosis: increase vitamin D in the blood to increase calcium absorption

4. Long-term bed rest or sitting still: bones cannot bear weight and affect the release of calcium into the blood

5. Severe dehydration, the body’s lack of water leads to an increase in blood calcium concentration

6. Certain drugs, such as lithium for the treatment of mental illness

7. Too much calcium intake


Q: What are the complications of hypercalcemia?

1. Osteoporosis: Causes spinal curvature and fractures

2. Kidney stones: Too much calcium in the urine will cause crystals and eventually cause stones

3. Renal failure: high blood calcium can severely damage the kidneys

4. Brain: Alzheimer’s, confusion, coma and even death


Osteoporosis, not necessarily calcium deficiency

From the above, we can see that both hypocalcemia and hypercalcemia can cause osteoporosis. It is necessary to check whether it is caused by insufficient blood calcium in the body or caused by excessive transport of calcium into the blood by bones. calcium.


People’s fallacy about osteoporosis is often that it must be caused by calcium deficiency. The real reasons include:


1. Excessive secretion of cortisol will lose bone protein, calcium and vitamin d. Cortisol is secreted by adrenaline, and the cause of excessive secretion is stress.

2. High blood calcium.

3. Insufficient vitamin K2, transport calcium from blood to human tissues. K2 can also transport calcium from human tissues to the skeletal system.


Sum up:

The treatment of osteoporosis is not calcium supplementation. Calcium supplementation is correct only when calcium deficiency is diagnosed.


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