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How can calcium help with parathyroid and osteoporosis?

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Calcium helps you move muscles, clot blood, and send messages through nerves. It also builds and strengthens bone. Your body can't make its own calcium -- it has to get it from the food you eat or from supplements.

When you aren't getting enough calcium, your body takes it from your bones. Over time, your bones get weak and brittle -- you get osteoporosis. But even a high-calcium diet can't get your body the calcium it needs if your parathyroids aren't working correctly.

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Hyperparathyroidism."

American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Parathyroid Gland."

Collinge, C. , 2016. International Journal of the Care of the Injured

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "Teriparatide."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need To Know."

National Osteoporosis Society - UK: "Hyperparathyroid and Osteoporosis."

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center: "What Is Osteoporosis? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public."

Nordin, BE. , 1997. Nutrition

Mayo Clinic: "Hyperparathyroidism," "Teriparatide."

UpToDate: "Parathyroid hormone therapy for osteoporosis," "Primary hyperparathyroidism: Management."

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 18, 2018

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Hyperparathyroidism."

American Association of Endocrine Surgeons: "Parathyroid Gland."

Collinge, C. , 2016. International Journal of the Care of the Injured

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "Teriparatide."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need To Know."

National Osteoporosis Society - UK: "Hyperparathyroid and Osteoporosis."

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center: "What Is Osteoporosis? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public."

Nordin, BE. , 1997. Nutrition

Mayo Clinic: "Hyperparathyroidism," "Teriparatide."

UpToDate: "Parathyroid hormone therapy for osteoporosis," "Primary hyperparathyroidism: Management."

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 18, 2018

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