If you're just worried about eating too many
dairy products, relax. Your body has a very
good system for regulating your calcium
levels. The parathyroid glands, which
are in your neck, produce hormones that help
maintain the balance. Extra calcium may become
part of your bones or you may excrete it in your
Your body needs calcium for building bones
and teeth, but calcium is also very important in
regulating many body functions. It is
critical in muscle contraction, including heart
If you have more calcium than your body can
deal with, that's a condition called
"hypercalcemia." The "hyper" means "too
high" and "calcemia" means "calcium level."
People usually only have this if their parathyroid
glands are abnormal or if other tissues start
making the parathyroid glands' hormones. Eating
too much yogurt won't cause it, but sometimes
people who take too much vitamin D (which is
important in calcium absorption) or too many
antacids that contain calcium can get this. I
suppose that taking more calcium supplements than
are recommended would also cause it.
symptoms for hypercalcemia can start off as
digestive tract pain and problems. Small, hard
deposits called "kidney stones" can form. These
will cause a person to urinate a lot more often
than they normally do. Then a person's blood
pressure would increase and their heartbeat would
become abnormal. Their muscles would get weaker
and weaker. Eventually, they might be confused,
slip into a coma, and even die. However, a person
would not usually get the disease this badly
unless they had untreatable cancer or parathyroid
What kind of problems do you think a person
would have if their calcium levels were too low?
What would that be called?
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