Measures the amount of calcium in the body aiding in the monitoring the condition of numerous aspects of the body.
Calcium is an essential mineral to health and wellbeing. This is a common test that is included in many routine health screenings.
High Levels of calcium may indicate hypercalcemia. Cancer and hyperparathyroidism are two of the most common causes of hypercalcemia. Hyperthyroidism, excessive intake of Vitamin D, tuberculosis, use of diuretics and HIV can also cause hypercalcemia.
Low levels of calcium may indicate hypocalcemia. Low levels of albumin are the most common cause. Hypoparathyroidism, deficiencies in magnesium and Vitamin D, renal failure and excessive levels of phosphorus can also lead to hypocalcemia.
Proper and healthy calcium levels are essential to brain, bone, nerve and kidney health. Calcium also plays a significant role on oral health, particularly as it pertains to teeth.
Recommended with Calcium
Is Fasting Required? No
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