Calcium is the most common mineral in the body, and it is one of the most important. The body uses calcium to help build and fix bones and teeth, aids in nerve movement, make muscles contract, aid in blood clotting, and help the heart function. A mass storage of calcium is in the bone, all the rest is in the blood. It is extremely important to make sure you are getting the right amount of calcium in your body. The best way to increase your calcium level is through food. Foods rich in calcium are found in dairy products (milk, cheese) eggs, fish, green vegetables, and fruit. A lot of people who have low or high levels of calcium in their body do not experience any symptoms. In most cases, calcium levels need to be significantly high or low to experience any symptoms. AdvaCare Clinics, located in Bloomington, MN , offers calcium urine tests for all patients. The test will help determine the steps you need to take to prevent diseases and dysfunction.
In a normal functioning body, the calcium levels are correctly controlled. When blood calcium levels get low, the bones then discharge calcium to help bring it back to a more stable blood level. When blood calcium levels get too high, the additional calcium is stored in the bones or flushed out of the body in urine and stool.
Calcium amounts in the body is calculated by:
- Calcium amount in the food you eat
- Calcium and vitamin D your intestines absorb
- Phosphate in the body
- Certain hormones such as parathyroid hormone, calcitonin, and estrogen within the body
Vitamin D and other hormones are very important to body function because they help maintain the calcium levels. They also help regulate the amount of calcium you absorb from food and the amount that is passed from the body to the urine. The phosphate acts as an opposite reaction to calcium level. As blood calcium levels get high, phosphate levels get low. As blood calcium levels get too low, phosphate levels goes up.
A calcium urine test will:
- Determine whether a kidney stone has developed because of high calcium levels in the urine.
- Determine the amount of calcium you are getting through diet, and how strong it is being absorbed by the intestines
- Determine issues that causes your bones to lose calcium
- Check to determine how well your kidneys are working
- Check for issues with the parathyroid gland
Calcium is a very important mineral in the body, and it needs to be regulated to make sure your body is working properly. Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about our calcium urine test, or to set up a screening today. We offer many screenings that have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you that only take 5 to 10 minutes to assess. All screenings are quick, easy and pain free.