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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 05:51 pm
Lady Diane had her annual checkup today which followed a major blood work analysis. Doc said she had way too much calcium in her blood and should be careful with her calcium intake.
the symptoms for calcium overdose include;
* Abdominal pain
* Bone pain
* Coma
* Confusion
* Constipation
* Depression
* Diarrhea
* Headache
* Irregular heartbeat
* Muscle twitching
* Nausea
* Vomiting

common sources of calcium;
* Certain antacids (Tums, Chooz)
* Certain mineral supplements
* Certain hand lotions
* Certain vitamin and mineral supplements


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roger
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 06:03 pm
@dyslexia,
Who knew? From all the propaganda out there, I would have thought there was no such thing as too much calcium.
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NickFun
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 06:07 pm
The only symptoms I have are Coma and Confusion but these could be symptoms of other things as well Wink
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Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 06:11 pm
What were her last blood tests like? Is this a new development?
Is she taking calcium supplements? I know (from several friends and acquaintenances) how hard it is to absorb calcium supplements - almost as hard as iron supplements.

There might be a need to increase dietary potassium ..like eating potassium-rich foods like bananas. This helps improve the blood balance between calcium and potassium.

Hoping this is a minor blip on the radar.
Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 06:20 pm
@Ragman,
{edit: BTW, if she takes Vitamin D supplements it might help her body absorb calcium better. }

Popping calcium for better bone health? Get the most from that supplement with these tips.
By R. Morgan Griffin


http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/living-with-osteoporosis-7/calcium-supplements

WebMD FeatureReviewed by Celia E. Dominguez, MD.
You've probably heard that calcium is important for bone health and treating -- or preventing -- osteoporosis. Happily, calcium seems to be everywhere these days. Not only is it naturally in dairy and other foods, but it now appears in many fortified products -- like oatmeal, cereal, protein bars, and orange juice. Calcium is also sold in countless supplements for bone health that line the aisles of your local drugstore.

And yet, it's not enough. "Most people still aren't getting enough calcium in their diets," says Shreyasee Amin, MD, a rheumatologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Why? Part of the problem isn't just that we're not eating or taking enough calcium. For calcium to be absorbed and used, we need to have the right levels of other things, such as vitamin D. If we don't, the calcium we take in just doesn't do us much good. So some of us could be drinking milk by the bucket and yet still not get the calcium we need.

So here's what you need to know about calcium supplements for bone health.

Why Is Calcium Important for Bone Health?
Calcium is key in the building of new bone. And bone development occurs every day of your life. Just as you shed skin cells and grow new ones to replace them, your body naturally removes old bone and replaces it with new.

The pace of losing and growing bone differs depending on your age. When you were young, you made much more bone than you lost, which is why your bones got bigger and stronger. But the problems start when this balance tips too far in the other direction, and you start losing bone much faster than you can grow it.

Gradual bone loss begins in adulthood and becomes more serious after age 50. In women, the hormonal changes of menopause -- and the drop in estrogen levels that occur with it -- can greatly worsen the imbalance. The bones naturally lose mass, becoming more brittle.

Because calcium isn't produced by your body, the amount you have depends on the foods you eat. Here's a chart showing how much calcium -- measured in milligrams (mg) -- that you need based on your age.



Age
Calcium (mg)

Birth to 6 months
210

6 months to 1 year
270

1-3 years
500

4-8 years
800

9-18 years
1,300

19-50 years
1,000

51-70 years
1,200

Over 70 years
1,200





While 1,200 milligrams of calcium per day is sometimes considered the maximum, many osteoporosis experts think that higher levels are preferable.

"A lot of rheumatologists will go up to 1,500 milligrams a day of calcium in people who are either over 70 or who have a high risk of osteoporosis," says John Schousboe, MD, director of the Park Nicollet Clinic Osteoporosis Center in St. Louis Park, Minn.

However, more calcium isn't always better. Getting too much calcium -- 2,500 milligrams or above -- can increase your risk of some health problems, like kidney stones.

(...continued on website)
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littlek
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 06:21 pm
Has she been having any of these symptoms? Where is her excess calcium coming from?
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Seed
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 06:24 pm
I knew those "Milk does a body good" adds were all bullshit!
Ragman
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 06:27 pm
@Seed,
many dietary experts have written that anyone over the age of 5 does not require milk and some feel milk in adults diet be avoided entirely.
Seed
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 06:29 pm
@Ragman,
I read an article somewhere about 5 years ago that cites milk as the reason why humans are over weight. Out of all mammals that drink me, humans are the only ones that continue to drink long after the fact that they are babies.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 06:38 pm
@dyslexia,
dyslexia wrote:

Lady Diane had her annual checkup today which followed a major blood work analysis.
Doc said she had way too much calcium in her blood and should be careful with her calcium intake.
the symptoms for calcium overdose include;
* Abdominal pain
* Bone pain
* Coma
* Confusion
* Constipation
* Depression
* Diarrhea
* Headache
* Irregular heartbeat
* Muscle twitching
* Nausea
* Vomiting

common sources of calcium;
* Certain antacids (Tums, Chooz)
* Certain mineral supplements
* Certain hand lotions
* Certain vitamin and mineral supplements



What about overdosing on ice cream?
Does she eat too much ice cream?
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georgeob1
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 06:47 pm
@dyslexia,
The parathyroid glands near the thyroid regulate calcium blood levels. problems with excessive or insufficient activities of these glands can be the cause of Diasne's symptoms. Because the brain uses calcium in the creation of most neuro transmitters the resulting symptoms can be highly variable and sometimes hard to diagnose. It might be worth consulting with an endocrinologist.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 07:37 pm
Quote:
Abdominal pain
* Bone pain
* Coma
* Confusion
* Constipation
* Depression
* Diarrhea
* Headache
* Irregular heartbeat
* Muscle twitching
* Nausea
* Vomiting


she's drinking again aint she.
sounds like a hangover to me.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Thu 14 Jan, 2010 07:40 pm
@dadpad,
No - I'm sure you're kidding, dadpad, but a firm no.
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