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What causes hypercalcemia?

Hypercalcemia is caused by a dysfunction of the parathyroid glands, since the hormone they produce regulates levels of calcium in the blood. Hyperparathyroidism, or overactive parathyroid glands, can cause hypercalcemia. Some prescription drugs can cause hypercalcemia. Excessive calcium in the diet or excessive use of calcium supplements can lead to hypercalcemia. Cancer can also cause high blood calcium levels.

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