Digital Desk: Calcium deficiency can be extremely harmful to your body, and neglecting it for a long time can have disastrous repercussions, including rickets in children, osteoporosis, and even convulsions.
Calcium shortage can develop over time due to inadequate calcium intake or intolerance to calcium-rich foods. Calcium levels can also be affected by hormonal changes in women and some hereditary factors.
So, if you have regular dental problems, are constantly tired, have dry skin, or experience muscle cramps, it’s time to treat these concerns and restore calcium levels in your body.
“Calcium deficiency is commonly seen in children and adults and can invite a wide range of health issues in them. Calcium is one of the important minerals that one requires for good bones and teeth. It is required for the proper functioning of the nerves, muscles, and heart,” says Dr. Niranjan Naik, Consultant Pathologist, Apollo Diagnostic, Pune.
What is hypocalcemia, and how does it impact our health?
Hypocalcemia refers to abnormally low calcium levels in the blood. Here are some serious indicators of calcium insufficiency that one should look out for.
Calcium insufficiency in children and adults causes the following symptoms:
Calcium deficiency can cause numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.
Fatigue: Low calcium levels can induce weakness, making it difficult to perform regular tasks.
Muscle cramps: Calcium shortage can cause muscle cramps, spasms, and even muscle weakening because muscles lacking calcium cannot maintain their usual tone.
Seizures: Hypocalcemia, which over-excites the brain, can cause seizures.
Osteoporosis: Calcium shortage can lead to poor bone mineral density, which causes osteoporosis, in which the bones become brittle and fractures are more likely.
Dry skin: When calcium levels are low, the skin loses its ability to retain moisture and maintain a healthy pH. As a result, your skin may get dry.
Gum disease and tooth decay are frequent diseases caused by a deficiency of calcium in the body.
Rickets: In children, low calcium levels cause rickets, which causes bone breaking.