Most of us grew up being reminded often that drinking milk is important for strong bones and teeth. But many children’s and adult’s diets are lacking in dairy products for various reasons. While these are the best sources of calcium, there are other options to consider as calcium is critical for proper development.
99 % of the body’s calcium is stored in our bones and teeth. This mineral plays a crucial role in building strong, dense, healthy bones when we are young and keeping those bones in the same state as we mature. As we get older bones tend to lose their density which can turn into a serious condition called osteoporosis, particularly in menopausal women, leading to a greater risk of fractures. Long term calcium deficiency can also cause rickets and poor blood clotting. Along with calcium, our bodies need vitamin D to absorb the calcium so many of the calcium deficiency symptoms are similar to the vitamin D deficiency symptoms since they are both needed for similar functioning, especially good bone health.
A deficiency in calcium is known as hypocalcaemia and needs to be addressed early in life. Possible causes are insufficient calcium in the diet or poor calcium absorption. If you are aware of Calcium deficiency symptoms, detection may be made early on and can then be treated before becoming too severe. Some of the symptoms include skin pallor and an appearance of being listless, and getting tired easily.
Unfortunately calcium deficiency has few severe symptoms until it is more advanced and therefore may be harder to detect. Ensuring a proper calcium rich diet from an early age is the best defence against future problems. Our bones store calcium up until about the age of 35 and after that whatever is lost is much more difficult to replace.
Osteoporosis, although generally considered an elderly disease, now affects children as young as 12 years old. Easily fractured bones could be a symptom of a severe calcium deficiency and needs to be investigated as soon as possible then treated. Bone density tests will determine how advanced the deficiency is.
Some conditions may also indicate a calcium deficiency such as baby’s bones and teeth not developing correctly. Teenage girls may enter puberty late and may have irregular menstrual cycles with excessive bleeding and cramps. In older persons, early tooth decay and frequent bone fractures may be symptoms of calcium deficiency.
The calcium you consume in your younger years and early life will ensure healthy bones and teeth throughout your lifetime.
A few other posts on this website dealing with important minerals that might cause similar deficiency symptoms that you might want to read about are magnesium deficiency symptoms, iron deficiency symptoms, potassium deficiency and finally zinc deficiency symptoms. These are all important minerals and if you are missing any of them it is likely that you are low on other ones. It is very easy to remedy any of these deficiencies with proper nutrition!