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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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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can I make sure my baby gets enough calcium?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I know dairy foods have calcium, but what are other good food sources?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
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.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can you get a full day's supply of calcium from a source other than milk?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Many options: There are other foods high in calcium such as green leafy vegetables (kale, collards, turnip, spinach), nuts (brazil), tofu, flax seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, potatoes, soybeans...
A 41-year-old member asked:

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 34-year-old member asked:

Why does the body need calcium?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
For a lot of reasons: Calcium plays a vital role in body function. It regulates muscle contraction, nerve conduction and bone health among others.

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