How to Lower Calcium Levels

By Will Guzzardi

Calcium is a mineral that's vital to the health of the human body. While it has many functions in the body, its most important role is promoting bone strength and bone health. While physicians encourage us to get enough calcium in our diets, too much calcium can be be harmful.

Calcium is a mineral that’s vital to the health of the human body. While it has many functions in the body, its most important role is promoting bone strength and bone health. While physicians encourage us to get enough calcium in our diets, too much calcium can be be harmful.

Request that your doctor give you a blood calcium test. This test is not uncommon as part of regular prophylactic care, and it will give you an idea of your blood calcium level.

If your blood calcium is above 10 mg/dL, then your blood calcium is on the higher end of normal. Reduce calcium intake in your diet. If you’re taking any non-prescribed calcium supplements, discontinue taking them. Also limit dairy products like cheeses and milk, as well as fortified cereal, fortified orange juice, and fortified soy milk.

If your blood calcium is 12 mg/dL or higher, you have a condition known as hypercalcemia. In this case, your bones and kidneys are at risk. Discuss with your doctor the possibility that you’re suffering from an overactive parathyroid gland, a condition known as primary hyperparathyroidism. Treatment for this illness, the primary cause of hypercalcemia, is often surgery to remove the parathyroid gland.

Ask your doctor about Cinacalcet, a medication that has been shown to reduce calcium levels in blood by limiting activity of the parathyroid gland.

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About the Author

William Guzzardi is a recent graduate of Brown University living in Chicago. His writing has appeared in numerous daily and weekly publications. He is also the poetry editor of the new online literary magazine Wag's Revue, and he works part-time as a professional copy and line editor.

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