Calcium is the most common mineral in the body and one of the most important. The body needs it to build and repair bones and teeth, help nerves and muscles to function, blood to clot and also help the heart to work. Vitamin D is essential to absorb calcium.
If the calcium result is abnormal, a corrected calcium calculation is carried out to aid further investigation.Around half of the total calcium in your blood is bound by albumin. Corrected calcium estimates your calcium level assuming albumin is a specified normal value.
Poor bone health can cause conditions such as rickets and osteoporosis and increase the risk of breaking a bone from a fall later in life.
Most people should be able to get all the nutrients they need for healthy bones by eating a healthy balanced diet.
You should be 700mg of calcium a day through foods such as
milk, cheese and other diary produces,
green leaf vegetables (not spinach)
Tofu or Soya
Who is this test for
Anyone concerned about their calcium levels and hence their bone health