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calcium deficiency symptoms?

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Dr. Gregory Lewis
Urology 44 years experience
See answer : Early-stage calcium deficiency may not cause any symptoms but may include: brittle nails, dry skin, yellowing of teeth, muscle cramps, excessive eye twitching, weakness, and sweating in cold weather. Later stage deficiency symptoms include: muscle spasms, numbness and tingling in the hands, feet, and face, memory loss, depression, hallucinations, poor appetite, and abnormal heart rhythm.
Dr. Mohammed Shafi
Gastroenterology 36 years experience
OSTEOPOROSIS.: Calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis and bone weakness.

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How can I make sure my baby gets enough calcium?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Breast or formula: A baby who is breastfed will get all the nutrients needed, including calcium, for the first 6 months (with the possible exception of vitamin d). All approved formulas contain adequate levels of calcium and should be used if not breastfeeding for the first 12 months. Homemade formulas or alternative formulas may be deficient in calcium and other nutrients and are not recommended.
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I know dairy foods have calcium, but what are other good food sources?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Several choices: Non-dairy sources of calcium include: calcium fortified soy milk, calcium fortified rice milk, tofu, sardines, beans, almonds, calcium fortified orange juice, bok choy, mustard greens, turnip greens, enriched breakfast cereals, etc... A shopper should always check the food labels to see how much calcium is in a serving. Also, tum's smoothies is often used as a calcium source.
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What are the proven advantages of taking extra calcium?

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Dr. Jennie Law
Endocrinology 14 years experience
Goal is 'adequate': Getting an 'adequate' dose of calcium reduces risk of weak bones from osteomalacia. Not sure there is any benefit for taking extra/excessive amts of calcium. In fact, there is emerging evidence that taking high doses in pill form (might) cause increased calcium buildup in blood vessels (bad). Maximizing dietary sources is best. If need supplement, spread dose into 2-3 separate doses thru day.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of calcium deficiency?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Many.: Symptoms include muscle spasms, carpopedal spasm, facial grimacing, laryngeal spasm, seizure, and respiratory arrest. If it's long standing, papiledema and increased intracranial pressure develop. A patient could get irritated, with psychosis, intestinal cramps and malabsorption. Chvostek's (faial muscle spasm) and trosseau's (flexion of hand and forearm) are seen along with prolonged qt on ecg.
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What are the symptoms of calcium deficiency like?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Musculoskeletal: Some symptoms of hypocalcemia, calcium deficiency, include pale skin calcium is also required for muscle contraction and relaxation, nerve and hormone function, and blood pressure regulation. , tiredness, muscle aches and twitches. Calcium deficiency in children leads to inadequate growth and bone deformity.

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