Advice 1: How to check the content of calcium in the body

Calcium is one of the most common inorganic elements in the body of the person. He is involved not only in the construction of the skeleton, but also regulates many vital processes such as heart activity, blood clotting, regulation of nervous activity, and many others. Control the level of calcium in the body is important for diagnosis of several diseases and assessing the overall condition of the body.
How to check the content of calcium in the body
You will need
  • - analysis of blood;
  • - the urine analysis on Sulkowice;
Instruction
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The amount of calcium is determined by the blood test. In the laboratory determine the concentration of calciumcontained in the serum in three forms – free calcium, its derivatives and calcium is associated with albumin. Rate the content of calcium in the blood is of 2.15-2.50 mmol/L.
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If you are concerned about cramps, poor condition of nails and hair, disruptions in the heart, bleeding gums, nervousness or insomnia, check whether you have lack of calcium. Low concentration of calcium in the blood can be a symptom of rickets, osteoporosis, chronic renal failure and many other diseases.
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If you are concerned about weakness, drowsiness, loss of appetite, assess whether you have excess calcium is hypercalcemia. Elevated levels of calcium observed in acromegaly, tumors, excess vitamin D, violation of the thyroid gland.
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For the diagnosis of rickets note the ratio of concentration of calcium and phosphorus. In the absence of disease, it equals two. If the value is higher, this may indicate the presence of rickets.
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Diagnosis of rickets is particularly relevant for children up to two years. If your pediatrician suggests that a child's rickets, hand it in the urine sample at Sulkowice. This analysis is the alternative to study the concentration of calcium in the blood. It is based on the evaluation of turbidity of the urine, adding a reagent with oxalic acid. The sample for Sulkowice helps to assess whether there is a deficiency or excess of calcium in the body of the child. If you give baby vitamin D, such analysis helps to track if there is overdose, which manifests itself in the form of hypercalcemia.
Note
Hypercalcemia is particularly dangerous for children in the first year of life, as may lead to disruption of the formation of the skeleton, including, to the premature closure of the Fontanelle.
Useful advice
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you especially important to maintain calcium at the proper level. Ensure that the diet was enough foods rich in calcium. It may be necessary and the use of calcium-containing preparations.

Since calcium usually contain vitamin D, don't forget to check it, and in any other vitamin complexes that you take, and eliminate at the time of their consumption.

Advice 2: How to determine calcium deficiency in the body

Calcium deficiency is quite insidious pathology, the consequences of which the person feels immediately, as they are practically invisible and only become apparent after months or years in the form of osteoporosis, fragile nails, hair and teeth, as well as other unpleasant diseases. However, if you define a lack of calcium in the early stage, illnesses were entirely avoidable.
How to determine calcium deficiency in the body
Instruction
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The first signs of calcium deficiency referred the frequent occurrence of anxiety, tension, irritability and fatigue. Calcium deficiency also affects the appearance – the skin ceases to be elastic, dries and becomes dull, while nails and hair become brittle, and the teeth begin to deteriorate at a disastrous speed. In children lack of calcium often leads to the development of scoliosis and flat feet.
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In addition, when this problem arises a feeling of constant flowing of muscles also often develop cramps and bouts of muscle cramps in the legs, which are often disturbed in the night. The lack of this element in the body is manifested by involuntary tremors of the extremities, as well as the development of spastic colitis and constipation. The main part of the calcium enters the human body with food, after which it is absorbed in the intestinal tract, and its exchange occurs in the tissue of the bones. The optimum level of calcium in the blood must be from 2.15 - 2.5 mmol/L.
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Traditionally, the lack of calcium in the body is determined by laboratory and instrumental studies, representing the blood or measurement of bone density (densitometry). However, for starters, you can do without specialized diagnostic, defining the probability of its occurrence in the risk group on a number of specific factors. Thus, the person experiences a calcium deficiency if he didn't eat daily at least three servings of dairy products (yogurt, cheese, milk, cheese).
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Affects the availability of calcium and Smoking and constant stresses. However, to make up for the lack, do not have to start fanatically to eat dairy products (although their frequent consumption is the solution to the problem). Enough to buy a quality product containing in its composition calcium and vitamin D, and also to take vitamin complexes, which include the necessary human minerals – copper, magnesium, manganese, boron and zinc. They will accelerate the absorption of the calcium and allow it to be absorbed in the body to the maximum. In addition, make sure to give your body the physical activity, without which bones will not strengthen even with daily use of dairy products.
Note
People with calcium deficiency may experience strange desire – for example, he may want to eat chalk or plaster.
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