HOW TO RECOGNIZE A SHORTAGE OF CALCIUM
Calcium is of great importance for every cell in your body. Hypocalcemia, also known as low calcium levels, occurs when small amounts of calcium are present in the blood. A long-term deficiency can lead to changes in the teeth, cataracts, changes in the brain, and osteoporosis. The latter ensures that your bones become brittle and weaker.
Calcium is a important vitamin to the human body since our body is unable to create this vitamin itself. When you do not consume dairy, because of a vegan lifestyle, or because of a dairy allergy, you often hear that you have a higher risk of developing a calcium deficiency. However, this is not entirely true. Although dairy is a significant source of calcium, foods such as lentils, beans, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, spinach, seaweed, Salicornia, kale, and plankton also contain calcium.
Within the body, calcium often works together with phosphorus, iron, and magnesium. Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption. That is why you mustn't have a shortage of vitamin D if you want to be able to absorb enough calcium.
A questionnaire from the United States found that less than 15% of girls between 13-19, less than 10% of women over 50, and less than 22% of boys between 13-19 and men over 50 met the recommended daily amount of (RDA) calcium (1
There are certain groups of people that have a higher risk of creating a calcium deficiency. Those people may benefit from using calcium supplements next to their daily meals. It is, however, important to note that if you suspect you have a shortage of calcium, you should always consult a doctor before taking any supplements.
People with a higher risk of obtaining an calcium are (2):
- Postmenopausal women,
- Women with Amenorrhea (lack of menstruation),
- Men with aged 70+,
- Vegetarians and vegans (although considerably less than the above groups),
- People with lactose intolerance (although substantially less than the above groups).
A shortage of calcium can be recognized by the following symptoms. If you experience one or more of these symptoms, it may be wise to consult a physician.