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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Is there any natural way to reverse hyperparathyroidism without surgery?

Hyperpara: You can drink a lot of water to try to prevent kidney stones. You can take drugs like Fosamax (alendronate) to try to prevent bone loss. There is a drug called sensipar which lowers calcium levels but does not prevent the bone loss. In short, if you are 41 and have primary hyperparathyroidism, you should probably have surgery. You should be seen by an endocrinologist who can refer you to a good surgeon.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If I have kidney dysfunction causing hyperparathyroidism, is there anything I can do to reverse this? In overall good health, but very concerned.

See kidney expert.: Hyperparathyroidism is a common complication of impaired kidney function. A kidney specialist should be able to treat this with one of several medications.

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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

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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.

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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?

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