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Can You Get Hypocalcemia Through Your Diet
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Too much dairy: A condition called 'milk alkali syndrome' results from excessive intake of milk over long periods of time. This leads to high blood calcium, leading to deposits of calcium in the body including the kidneys. The same type of problem can occur in people taking too much calcium-carbonate antacids, or too much calcium and vitamin d supplements (moderate amounts are intended for bone health). ...Read more
Dairy is best source: Dairy is the best calcium source. Non-dairy sources: 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. ...Read more
Rarely, if ever: Normally the body absorbs calcium slowly so a very short period of mild hypercalcemia after a meal with a lot of calcium is possible. The normal level of calcium is based on fasting blood so a little increase after a meal is not abnormal. However, if you take in a lot of high calcium foods and take in calcium containing antacids you can get very high calcium levels in the blood which are dangerou. ...Read more
Many things: The most important is total calories. It takes 3500 calories to gain or lose a pound. Weight loss is essential if you have type 2 diabetes or are overweight and trying to prevent it. Eating 3 meals/day, avoiding snacks, avoiding fast or junk food is important. Don't overly restrict or increase any of the three diet elements: carbohydrate, fat, protein. Eat a healthy balanced diet. See a dietitian. ...Read more
Anemia -O2 capacity: HI! Your symptoms due to anemia - low blood iron or vitamin B deficiency - cna reduce your hemaglobin and therefore oxygen carrying ability of blood. Under use of muscles if these do not get sufficient O2 ( oxygen ), supply then cramping can result. Be advised that there can be other causes for cramping so further medical evaluation is advised. ...Read more
Desire to drink: Dehydration is a condition of loss of body water. Anemia is a condition of loss of body blood. The body responds to dehydration with a sense of thirst. Your mouth feels dry, lips crack, skin is dry and stiff, and no urine output. Anemia causes a sense of weakness, pale appearance, and light headed when standing. Acute blood loss can lower blood pressure and cause poor function of the brain. ...Read more
Depends on the goal!: Liposuction is the only modality that can change shape. Diet and exercise only help with size. Now, if you like your shape, then weight loss will help you reach your goals. If you have isolated areas that you wish to reduce, then no exercise or diet can achieve "spot reduction" and liposuction is a better choice. Now is it best to be close to your target weight before lipo? Absolutely! ...Read moreSee 9 more doctor answers
How long can you be a 'borderline' diabetic and not damage your health? How long can you be a 'borderline' diabetic and not damage your health? When do you go from diet/exercise to medication to lower blood sugars?
This : This is a good question for which there is no clear answer. But along with having borderline levels of blood glucose, people who are borderline in glucose often have increased blood pressure and poor levels of good cholesterol, triglycerides and sometimes LDL cholesterol. These abnormalities plus being overweight contribute to a definite increased risk heart disease. Keep in mind that a normal blood sugar is definitely below 100 fasting and below 140 2 hours after a meal. The hemoglobin a1c should be below 6%. I generally consider medication in people who have no other life threatening conditions (like cancer or advanced heart disease) if their hemoglobin a1c is above 6 despite diet and exercise. ...Read more
Absorption: There is no need for any aids to absorb calcium (C) if you have normal levels of 1-25 DHCC (1-25), which is the agent responsible for the intestinal transport of C into body. Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD, need some replacement of 1-25, as their diseased kidneys do not allow 1-25 to be made. Magnesium absorption is not effected by CKD. There are no drugs to improve it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
>9 g/dL.: Your hemoglobin should be >9 g/dl when entering labor & delivery, in general. If you have an increased risk of bleeding at delivery (e.g. Placenta previa, accreta, platelet disorder, blood thinner) your hemoglobin should be >11 g/dl and blood available for transfusion as needed. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Warfarin is a blood-thinning medication that helps treat and prevent blood clots. There is no specific warfarin (coumadin) diet. However, certain foods and beverages can make it so warfarin doesn't effectively prevent blood clots. The key to keeping your inr steady is consistent vitamin k intake. See: http://www.Ihtc.Org/patient/blood-disorders/clotting-disorders/coumadin-interactions-with-food/. ...Read more
Ketones and BG: Not related very closely and everyone is individual. Can go up in hours if you do not eat anything. It is normal to do this. ...Read more
Simple blood test: The only way to tell for sure how much lead in your body is to do a blood test. In babies, we can test the lead using a "swear paper" like in picture here--screening test. If abnormal, then a venous blood draw is done to confirm. In adult, you will get a direct blood level using a venous blood sample. If you have exposure/concern, consult your doc to get tested. Good luck. ...Read more
Read cookbooks: Grilled or baked (not fried) vegetables, lean meats, and smaller portions fit a "healthier" option. Maranades that minimize fats, as well as ensuring your meats are well "drained", are healthier fare. ...Read more
Hypocalcemia refers to low measured levels of calcium in the blood. Symptoms of hypocalcemia may include numbness/tinglng of he hands and mouth or cramping. In severe cases, one's ability to think may be impaired. Hypocalcemia may be due to poor diet, vit d deficiency, disorders of the parathryoid ...Read more
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