0135 GMT March 30, 2020
Calcium deficiency, or hypocalcemia, is caused when your body is not obtaining enough calcium, according to express.co.uk.
Good sources of this essential mineral include milk cheese and nuts.
Your body uses calcium to build strong bones, teeth and help your heart muscle function properly.
The UK government recommends obtaining about 700mg of calcium a day from your diet.
Watch out for these five warning signs that you have low calcium levels, according to Healthline.
Easy bone fracturing
‘Bones are very strong,’ said the US-based health website. “Their design allows them to absorb pressure if you fall or you’re in an accident.
“But your bones can only absorb so much pressure before breaking.”
Having a calcium deficiency could reduce the amount of strain your bone can absorb, meaning it will fracture sooner than if you didn’t have the deficiency.
“When your muscles contract, become stiff, or spasm involuntarily, it’s called spasticity.
“Spasticity can make it difficult to walk, move, or talk,” said Healthline describing the symptom.
“It can be uncomfortable and painful at times.”
Lacking feeling in a particular area of the body could also be a symptom.
“Sensations may be focused on one body part, or you may feel tingly all over, as if you’re being pricked with many small needles.”
Seeing things that aren’t there but appear real is another sign of calcium deficiency.
Weak and brittle nails
“Healthy nails appear smooth and have consistent coloring,” said Healthline.
They said that if your nails fracture easily this could also be a sign of calcium deficiency.
On its website, the NHS doesn’t describe the symptoms of calcium deficiency.
The national healthcare provider quotes the government as saying, “you should be able to get all the calcium you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.
“If you take calcium supplements, don’t take too much as this could be harmful.”
They also warn that taking high calcium doses could lead to “stomach pain” and “diarrhea”.
NHS guidelines add that calcium deficiency “is just like taking money out of the cash point without checking your account balance — you may not know until it is gone”.
If your body hasn’t got enough calcium, it takes the mineral directly from your bones.