What is calcium?
Calcium is an important mineral for our muscles, nerves and heart. We get calcium through most foods today, mainly found in milk products, leafy vegetables and various nuts. For vegetarians or vegans, there is often added calcium in other alternatives to milk.
How much calcium we need to take in differs depending on both age and gender. For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, the recommended daily intake is 900 milligrams, for men and women who are not pregnant or breastfeeding, the recommended daily intake is 800 milligrams.
What does a low value of calcium mean?
A low value of calcium can cause a calcium deficiency which, when it has been prolonged, can cause osteoporosis in adults.
What does a high value of calcium mean?
A high value of calcium can occur in the event of an overdose of calcium, which can occur through the intake of dietary supplements. Together with a high intake of vitamin D, it can lead to hypercalcaemia, calcification of the body's tissues, kidney stones and kidney damage.