What are the health risks of consuming too little calcium?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you don't consume an adequate daily supply of calcium-both through calcium-rich foods and the right kinds of calcium supplements-you're inviting bone problems. Why? As your body depletes the calcium stored in your bones, they become weaker and weaker until finally, they're almost hollow-which makes them especially vulnerable to a break.

Further, as you constantly remake and replace your bone, being short on calcium (or vitamins D or C) means that your body can't make bone perfectly. So as your tendons, cartilage, and nerves rub against the newly formed, yet imperfect, bone, the joints can become inflamed. That contributes to inflammation, pain, and the development of arthritis.

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