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What Causes Calcium to Build Up in the Body?

author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
What Causes Calcium to Build Up in the Body?
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Calcium is essential to your overall health. Foods rich in calcium include dairy products like milk and cheese, vegetables -- especially green leafy ones -- tofu, beans and nuts. Hypercalcemia is the medical term for too much calcium in the blood. Your body tightly controls the calcium in your body so it remains balanced. Hypercalcemia occurs when your body's ability to regulate calcium is disrupted. A number of conditions can result in excess calcium.

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How It Occurs

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Hyperparathyroidism is the most common cause of hypercalcemia. Your parathyroid glands produce a hormone that balances calcium. When your parathyroid secretes too much parathyroid hormone, calcium blood levels rise. Other conditions that cause hypercalemia are kidney failure and adrenal failure. Excess vitamin D or calcium supplementation can also cause hypercalcemia. Treatment is aimed at the cause. Your physician will determine the best course of action if you're diagnosed with hypercalcemia.

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