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Index of Mineral Deficiencies

Iron | Boron | Selenium | Melatonin | Magnesium | Calcium | Salt


Calcium Deficiency

Calcium is the most abundant mineral found in the human body. The majority (99%) is stored in the bones and teeth; the rest is stored in muscle tissue and blood. In addition to bone building and remodeling, calcium is also responsible for muscle contraction, central nervous function and hormone secretion. Calcium deficiency is of major concern in the United States. An estimated 44-87% of Americans don't get enough

Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency

Calcium DeficiencyThe list of signs and symptoms mentioned in various sources for Calcium deficiency includes the 23 symptoms listed below:

• Muscle cramps
• Muscle aches
• Muscle pain
• Muscle twitching
• Muscle spasms
• Insomnia
• Tooth decay
• Weak bones
• Reduced bone density
• Rickets in children
• Poor growth in children
• Maldeveloped bones in children
• Delayed puberty in teens
• Menstrual problems in teens
• Premenstrual cramps
• Increased blood pressure
• Pale skin
• Listlessness
• Dry scaly skin
• Coarse hair
• Brittle nails
• Convulsions - in extreme cases
• Easily fatigued

Symptoms of Hypocalcaemia

▪ Petechia which appear as one-off spots, then later become rashes.
• Perioral tingling and paraesthesia, 'pins and needles' sensation over the extremities of hands and feet. This is the earliest symptom of hypocalcaemia.
• Tetany, carpopedal spasm are seen.
• Latent tetany
• Trousseau sign of latent tetany (eliciting carpal spasm by inflating the blood pressure cuff and maintaining the cuff pressure above systolic)
• Chvostek's sign (tapping of the inferior portion of the zygoma will produce facial spasms)
• Tendon reflexes are hyperactive
• Life threatening complications
• Laryngospasm
• Cardiac arrhythmias
• ECG changes include:
• Prolonged QTc
• Prolonged ST interval



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