On Calcium for the WG Patient

“Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the human body, has several important functions. More than 99% of total body calcium is stored in the bones and teeth where it functions to support their structure [1]. The remaining 1% is found throughout the body in blood, muscle, and the fluid between cells. Calcium is needed for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction and expansion, the secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system [2]. A constant level of calcium is maintained in body fluid and tissues so that these vital body processes function efficiently.”

Here is the rest of this article.

Calcium deficiency equals osteoporosis. Also too high of calcium intake has consequences. It is in the article.

What I want to point out is that many WG patients are on prednisone. One of the side-effects of prednisone usage is depletion of calcium. In my case, I am also post-menopausal. So my doctors (gynecologist and rheumatologist) have required that I take 1200 mg of calcium a day. I take calcium citrate which is easier for me to digest.

Osteoporosis can seriously affect the body (broken bones, etc.) Because it is prevalent in prednisone usage, a lot of WG patients also take Fosomax, which protects the bones. Even though they are on Fosomax, they are still asked to take 1200 mg of calcium pills.

For more information on calcium and its importance to the body, check the link after the quote.

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About Cyn Bagley

My life is a mixture of travel, jobs, and disease. You can find some of my novels on amazon.com under the name Cyn Bagley.
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