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What Is Calcium Absorption Hindered By
Iron in blood: Total serum iron is a very good indicator of iron absorbed versus iron losses. Thus it reflects a balance. But there are better indicators. The best indicators are: serum iron concentration/total iron binding capacity, which is typically reported. And then this ratio is further reported as "percent iron saturation". Serum ferritin reflects long term iron stores. The % saturation should be >20 ...Read more
What is calcitriol for? Is this a dangerous drug? Can it cure low IONIZED CALCIUM and HIGH INTACT PTH? Or simple calcium carbonate is ok?
Active vitamin D: Hi. Calcitriol is the active hormone form of vitamin D. If you are vitamin D deficient, it will make up the loss. However, if your kidneys work and you have normal PTH function, you will make your own calcitriol by just taking over the counter vitamin D and letting your own body make the calcitriol. I've seen your case on here. Isn't your doctor explaining ANYTHING to you? They owe you explanation ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is folic acid absorption can be interrupted in our body by what we eat( like iron can't be absorbed in presence of calcium) or nothing can affect it?
Few Simple Answers: Reality: the rate, speed, completeness may be altered some. None of the issues are as simple as implied by question as stated. The real high-tech is within each of us. Medicine, with scientific assistance, is about working to sort out some of the complexities within us. Basic chemistry principles, applied with fantastic complexity (called biochemistry, i.e. As implemented by all living organisms). ...Read more
In addition to diet: It means adding vitamins and minerals to your daily food intake that you may not be getting in your regular diet. I prefer getting my vitamins and minerals through whole foods like raw fruits and veggies rather than taking man made synthetic vitamins that come in a jar. We need 7-13 servings of raw fruits and veggies daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the cure to my LOW IONIZED CALCIUM? Is it Calcium Carbonate only or there must be CALCITRIOL also or not anymore?
Would taking ferrous gluconate together with calcium ascorbate help the absorption of iron due to the c-vitamin or hinder it due to the calcium?
No: GH deficiency is either something people are born with or may develop as older kids or adults due to a tumor near the pituitary gland. A balanced diet with enough protein and different vitamins particularly D may help you feel better but is unlikely to affect how much GH your pituitary gland produces. ...Read more
What micromineral deficiency can interfere with vitamin a metabolism by reducing retinol binding protein?
Carotene and others: Many proteins, and enzymes are involved in vitamin a metabolism. Some proteins are involved in creating the useful form of vitamin a into 11-cis-retina from vitamin a or b-carotene, which is useful in vision. Some proteins transport vitamin a , such as retinol binding protein. Many nutrients important such as zinc, lipids, carotenes. Age related eye study vitamins: ww.Areds2.Org. ...Read more
What is the difference between digestion of milk and artificially taken calcium supplement in body?
What is flax seed and is it considered photo estrogen or anti-estrogen? Also what is meant by testosterone ?
Possibly both: Flaxseed is the seed of the flax plant. It is usually considered a phytoestrogen, a plant substance with properties similar to estrogen, but in young women with high estrogen, some phytoestrogens (soy, for example) may act as a anti-estrogen. Testosterone is the primary hormone of men (like estrogen is the primary hormone of women). Women, however, do make small amounts of it too in their ovaries. ...Read more
When calcium is recommended for osteoporosis, is it a special kind of calcium such as citrate or milate (please forgive incorrect spelling?)
My protein supp. contains calcium caseinate, this form of casein is treated with alkalies. Chemical alkalies damage nutrient absorption. Is this true?
Calcium is high.10.7.Did pth test and its in normal value.Since my diet is v poor what could be the cause for the high calcium.Also mg is in max value
Vitamin k2 shows to regulate calcium by driving into bones where needed when calc is supplemented. If not suppl. And calc is high, can k2 help?
Possibly: If blood calcium is high it is almost always due to hyperparathyroidism though you say that has been ruled out- i would have it rechecked in a year or so and see a good internist to try to find what is causing this. But no matter the cause, i would advise at least 1000 mcg of vit k2 each day to reduce chance of calcium depositing in your arteries- see http://bit.Ly/18qtb7y for more on vit k. ...Read more
If i'm taking 50mg of zinc gluconate which is equal to 7mg of elemental zinc, is that okay? Is recommended dietary intake in elemental zinc?
What triggers the INTACT PTH to become high? Is it the low calcium? Or what triggers having low ionized calcium, is it the high INTACT PTH?
Several reasons: There are several triggers to high PTH, and you will need to see your doc for workup. Some things that can do this are of primary cause (happens on its own i.e. adenoma), low vitamin D levels, somewhat advanced chronic kidney disease, low calcium levels. As always, labs are just labs, but the clinical context is where the importance lies. Please follow up with your doc about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You say whole grain is healthy how is that true if it contain phaytic acid which is antinutrient and cause iron and calcuim defeciency?
Phytic acid: Despite a lot of hype on the Internet and in Paleo diet books, there is no evidence that phytates in the diets cause any mineral deficiencies except in extreme circumstances such as a third world diet or strictly-limited vegetarianism. "Soaking" foods to decrease Phytic acid is most likely a waste of time. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends on context: More information is needed, especially in regards to a correction factor against the serum albumin in hypocalcemia. Ionized calcium is a good measure too, but again, context is necessary. Please see your doctor to help you with clinical context of laboratory values, because the values are not really significant until they are applied to your clinical situation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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