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Will my untreated hyperparathyroidism decrease my life expectancy?

Will my untreated hyperparathyroidism decrease my life expectancy?

Yes.: Population-based studies have demonstrated a 10% decrease in life expectancy of people with untreated hyperparathyroidism as compared to those that have had surgery. While the reason for this is unknown, it is speculated as secondary to higher rates of heart disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Brendan Stack Jr.
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Hyperparathyroidism (Definition)

A condition of having an overactive parathyroid gland, which results in higher levels of calcium in the blood, which may cause weakness, ...Read more


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How is life expectancy related to hyperparathyroidism? What is life expectancy in 41 yr old with hyperparathyroidism?

How is life expectancy related to hyperparathyroidism?  What is life expectancy in 41 yr old with hyperparathyroidism?

Statistically life : Population studies show an increase risk of cardiac and cerebrovascular events for patients with untreated hyperparathyroidism. These events can increase morbidity and also mortality. Therefore, life expectancy is theoretically reduced. I would advise a 41 year old to get the condition fixed. ...Read more

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What is normal levels of calcium? Mine was 10.2. What does this mean? What does hyperparathyroidism mean? Can diet decrease levels? Also hve hypothyrd

What is normal levels of calcium? Mine was 10.2. What does this mean? What does hyperparathyroidism mean? Can diet decrease levels? Also hve hypothyrd

8.5to10.4: Nrmal Calcum level is 8.5to10.4 mgm/deciliter Your level is high normal Hyperparathyroidism is when parathyroid gland produces too much hormone and that causes blood calcium to go up You should repeat calcium level,25 hydroxyl vitD level and 24 hour urine for calcium as well Hypothyroidism sometimes also occurs separately with Huperparathyroidism High calcium diet can contribute to high calcium l ...Read more

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Diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. What can I expect now?

Diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. What can I expect now?

Diagnosed with HPT: If your diagnosis comes from or is confirmed by an endocrinologist, and you meet surgery criteria, and most do, then you need to be referred to a competent, preferably high volume, surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the effects of secondary hyperparathyroidism?

Treat the Cause: Effects of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism are Bone and Joint pain are very common Limb deformities Pleotropic effect on Immune System Neurological Disordersand their symptoms ...Read more

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Is there any natural way to reverse hyperparathyroidism without surgery?

Is there any natural way to reverse hyperparathyroidism without surgery?

Not Really: The only way to cure Primary Hyperparathyroidism is by surgery in most cases . But secondary Hyperparathyroidism due to chronic kidney failure can be treated medically and surgery only if medical treatment fails There is no way to cure Hyperparathyroidism naturally ...Read more

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What is the difference between hyperparathyroidism and hypoparathyroidism?

High and low calcium: Hypoparathyroidisim has low calcium and low PTH (hormone that controls calcium). Hyperparathyroidis, has high calcium and either high or (abnormally) normal pth. ...Read more

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How is secondary hyperparathyroidism diagnosed? What is the cure to this?Thank you.

Calcium parathyroid: This is usually diagnosed in people with kidney disease. If the calcium is low, or the phosphorus too high, or the level of Vit D too low, the parathyroid makes too much PTH, which causes bone disease. Treatment targets the cause: vit D (calcitriol), phosphate binders, special diets. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the effects of chronic secondary hyperparathyroidism on the body?

Can you please describe the effects of chronic secondary hyperparathyroidism on the body?

Many as listed: 1 Weakning of the bones and osteoporosis 2Calciphylaxis is when calcium forms clumps in the skin and lead to ulcers and death of surrounding tissues 3Cardiovascular events 4Chronic itching 5Abnormal fat and sugar metabolism 6Anemia 7 Other symptoms of hypercalcemia like excessive thirst and urine,insomnia,bone pains,los of appetite etc. ...Read more

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What can I do other than take in large amounts of calcium daily for my hyperparathyroidism?

What can I do other than take in large amounts of calcium daily for my hyperparathyroidism?

I think you meant: Hypoparathyroidism typically requires calcium and vitamin d supplementation. Hyperparathyroidism on the other hand, causes hypercalcemia (high blood calcium) and in need for surgery or medication. It is important to distinguish the different types of hyperparathyroidism (primary versus secondary versus tertiary), so seeking an expert is advised. ...Read more

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I feel as if high order thinking is more difficult w hyperparathyroidism. Will this improve with parathyroidectomy?

Perhaps: There is a subtle neurotoxicity to hyperparathyroidism. Sometimes these vague symptoms will normalize following surgery. However, the decision on surgery should primarily be made based on bone health, kidney stones, etc. If you are a 41 yo woman with definate hyperparathyroidism, you should probably have it surgically fixed. Make sure the surgeon does this procedure often. ...Read more

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How does hyperparathyroidism affect the skeletal system?

Causes Osteoporosis: It depletes Calcium from the bones and in the blood stream and therby causes Osteporosis and can cause Bone Pain and risk of fractures ...Read more

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Can you tell me about neurological symptoms. could it be hyperparathyroidism?

Hyperparathyroid: Hyperparathyroidism is a situation when your blood calcium is higher than normal because of excess production of parathyroid hormone. The higher the parathyroid hormone and serum calcium the more symptoms you will including neurologic symptoms. Almost always the treatment of choice is removal of the parathyroid gland. There may as few as one abnormal gland or as many as all four glands. ...Read more

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Do anabolic pro hormones have any chance of causing hyperparathyroidism?

Do anabolic pro hormones have any chance of causing hyperparathyroidism?

Not likely: Why experiment on yourself, knowing that the labels and claims for these agents are all phony and the unwanted effects may ruin you life? ...Read more

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Hi. I just got some tests back saying I have hypercalcemia and hyperparathyroid. I am being sent to and endocrinologist. What should I expect?

What to expect: The endocrinologist should review and confirm your labs. The may do or refer you for an ultrasound. Additional imaging such as spect ct sestamibi or 4 d ct will be ordered. Ultimately, you will be referred to a surgeon. Check on his or her experience. Should do at least 50 of these cases a year. ...Read more

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Can low vitamin d cause hyperparathyroid symptoms?

Can low vitamin d cause hyperparathyroid symptoms?

Unlikely: Agree with dr. Wingo. Low vitamin d can raise your parathyroid level but it should not cause hyperparathyroid symptoms. Most hyperparathyroid symptoms are caused by the elevated calcium which is not expected to happen in this case. ...Read more

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How hyperparathyroidism will affected brain, kidney and bone?

How hyperparathyroidism will affected brain, kidney and bone?

Due to elevated Ca: Fatigue,memory loss and depression are due to too much Calcium in the blood stream as it slows the nerve conduction process Kidneys too much Calcium can cause Kidney Stones and in some cases too much urine called polyuria which is also caused by too much Calcium in your blood Bones are depleted of Calciu due to bones releasing calcium in to the blood stream and that causes osteoporosis( ...Read more

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What are tests for hyperparathyroidism and vitamin d deficiency?

It depend what kind: The gold standard of diagnosis is the parathyroid immunoassay. Once an elevated parathyroid hormone has been confirmed, goal of diagnosis is to determine whether the hyperparathyroidism is primary or secondary in origin by obtaining a serum calcium level which is high in primary case, low in secondary cases. ...Read more

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What is hyperparathyroidism?

What is hyperparathyroidism?

Hyper parathyroid's: Is an excess of parathyroid hormone in the bloodstream due to overactivity of one or more of the body's four parathyroid glands. These oval, grain-of-rice-sized glands are located in your neck. The parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone, which helps maintain an appropriate balance of calcium in the bloodstream and in tissues that depend on calcium for proper functioning. ...Read more

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