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Bone Health Support
WHAT FACTORS LEAD TO CALCIUM DEFICIENCY?
The most common factors leading to calcium deficiency are poor eating habits, stress and lack of exercise.*
Birth control pills draw on the body’s calcium levels and large intakes of dietary fat, oxalic acid (present in chocolate) and phytic acid (found in wheat bran) can prevent the absorption of calcium in the body.*
Excessive intake of phosphorus, which is present in most soft drinks and junk food, can also cause calcium loss from bones.*
The body needs phosphorus in a one-to-one ratio with calcium; however, too much phosphorus in the diet can inhibit calcium absorption.*
Emotional stress and physical stress due to injury, pregnancy or a strict diet can also lead to calcium loss.*
Stress may also increase cortisone production in the body which can interfere with calcium absorption.*
Women are more prone to calcium deficiencies than men. Women lose bone very rapidly in the first few years after menopause.*
Until menopause, estrogen seems to control the function of the parathyroid gland that monitors the release of calcium from the bones.*
After menopause, this monitoring system can be adversely affected and calcium may be lost.*
Some individuals are at higher risk for calcium loss than others.*
Risk factors include small bones, short stature, fair complexion, slender body type, high alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of exercise and insufficient dietary calcium.*