Calcium is needed for strong bones, the prevention of osteoporosis and more. Find out how much you need and what are some good sources of calcium.
Are calcium supplements dangerous?
Nearly half of Australians don’t get enough calcium, putting many at risk of osteoporosis and fractures. So, why are some ditching their calcium supplements?
Calcium blood test
A calcium test provides information about how much calcium is in your blood.
Dairy foods such as milk, yoghurt and cheese are rich sources of many vitamins and minerals, including calcium — essential to bone health.
Lactose intolerance treatments
Information about lactose intolerance treatments, and how to reduce the amount of dairy products while also making sure you get enough calcium.
Parathyroid glands can become overactive, causing an increase in the level of calcium in your blood. Surgery to remove any affected glands is the only reliable way to prevent long-term problems.
Blood pressure medication
Blood pressure medications (also known as hypertensives), such as ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, beta blockers and diuretics can help to manage and treat high blood pressure. Find out more about how these treatments work.
Foods high in vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for your body to absorb calcium properly and for healthy bones and muscles. Most vitamin D comes from sunlight, but it is also found in some foods. Learn here how to get enough vitamin D.
The parathyroid glands are four small glands, each about the size of a grain of rice. Learn more about what they do and medical conditions related to them.
Rickets is a bone disease, usually a result of low vitamin D levels, that causes soft and weak bones. It occurs in children and, occasionally, teenagers.