ELECTROLYTES --> hypocalcemia

  1. Why would hypocalcemia secondary to hypoparthyroidism nee to reduce phosphorus intake such as milk products (milk products has alot of calcium)????? I know why they need the decreae protein because protein binds to calcium. I cannot find the rationale in my book.
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  3. by   jaypee88
    Quote from Kristy_joyz
    Why would hypocalcemia secondary to hypoparthyroidism nee to reduce phosphorus intake such as milk products (milk products has alot of calcium)????? I know why they need the decreae protein because protein binds to calcium. I cannot find the rationale in my book.
    Normal blood ratio is four parts phosphorous to ten parts calcium. Suppose this ratio is disturbed, three parts phosphorous to ten parts calcium. There's not enough phosphorous to hold the calcium in solution and the extra calcium start precipitating out of the body fluids. Hope this answers your question.
  4. by   sirI
    Quote from Kristy_joyz
    Why would hypocalcemia secondary to hypoparthyroidism nee to reduce phosphorus intake such as milk products (milk products has alot of calcium)????? I know why they need the decreae protein because protein binds to calcium. I cannot find the rationale in my book.
    Hello, Kristy,:Melody:

    Phosphorus supplements are used to treat hypercalcemia. Phosphate forms an insoluble calcium phosphate in the GI tract which limits calcium absorption thereby lowering plama calcium concentrations.

    So in the individual with hypocalcemia, phosphorus would make the condition worse.
  5. by   Kristy_joyz
    thanks I got it
  6. by   starcandy
    Quote from Kristy_joyz
    Why would hypocalcemia secondary to hypoparthyroidism nee to reduce phosphorus intake such as milk products (milk products has alot of calcium)????? I know why they need the decreae protein because protein binds to calcium. I cannot find the rationale in my book.

    Calcium and phosphorus have an inverse relationship. Low calcium= High phosphorus, High calcium = low phosphorus. Because of the phosphorus content in the milk, they would not want to cause a possible lower calcium level.

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