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Are elevated calcium levels a cause for concern?

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Posted on Thu, 24 May 2018
Question: My doctor advised that my calcium was slightly elevated. I am usually very active, however due to assisting a colleague I am now riding a desk 8 to 10 hours a day. Could this cause the problem. I am also diabetic.


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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
very prolonged inability to move around can affect levels

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Hypercalcemia is the term used to define high levels of calcium.

It can be mild, moderate or at crisis level and the type is based on the level of total calcium or free calcium.
Parathyroid hormone is a hormone in the body that affects calcium levels.

In 90% of cases of High calcium/hypercalcemia , there is an increase in parathyroid hormone levels or due to cancer.
Hypercalcemia can also be due to--(1)kidney disease
(2)side effect of medication
(3)disorder related to vitamin d

In terms of desk restriction-- long term immobilization (a person not able to move around much at all), can cause increased levels.

The additional blood work would help identify a cause

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Are elevated calcium levels a cause for concern?

Brief Answer: very prolonged inability to move around can affect levels Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic Hypercalcemia is the term used to define high levels of calcium. It can be mild, moderate or at crisis level and the type is based on the level of total calcium or free calcium. Parathyroid hormone is a hormone in the body that affects calcium levels. In 90% of cases of High calcium/hypercalcemia , there is an increase in parathyroid hormone levels or due to cancer. Hypercalcemia can also be due to--(1)kidney disease (2)side effect of medication (3)disorder related to vitamin d In terms of desk restriction-- long term immobilization (a person not able to move around much at all), can cause increased levels. The additional blood work would help identify a cause I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions