Who is most at risk of hypocalcaemia and how can it be prevented?


Calcium is a vital mineral that our body uses to stabilize blood pressure and build strong bones and teeth. Everyone should consume the recommended amount of calcium per day through the food they eat. If your body doesnt absorb enough calcium, your doctor will recommend calcium supplements for you.

When you don’t get enough calcium, you increase the risk of developing diseases such as osteoporosis and calcium deficiency disease, also known as hypocalcemia.

All humans lose bone density starting between the ages of 30 and 40. Excessive bone loss affects many people, such as:

(1) Women who are 45 and older
(2) Older men are often deficient in calcium
(3) People who use antacids that contain aluminium;
(4) Alcohol drinkers
(5) People on diets that are low calorie, high protein, or high fibre
(6) People who are lactose intolerant
(7) People who use cortisone
(8) Women who are pregnant and those who are basically inactive

A good accumulation of calcium in the bones at early stages in life is the best prevention of age related bone loss and fractures. Consuming foods high in vitamin D can prevent hypolcalcemia by increasing the absorption of calcium in your gastrointestinal system.

Also avoiding drinking tannin rich beverages such as tea, green tea, leafy herbal teas, red wine, coffee and chocolate for up to 1 hour after a meal will avoid interfering with the absorption of calcium from the meal or foods you are consuming....

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