Why do I need adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D?

David Slovik, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Lack of calcium in your diet -- as well as conditions that may interfere with calcium absorption by the intestines -- results in lower calcium levels in the blood. The body compensates by releasing calcium from the bones, weakening them. Your body needs vitamin D to properly absorb calcium, so adequate amounts of this hormone are also necessary.
Calcium and vitamin D are needed for a number of important processes in the body. The most well described is development and maintenance of healthy bones. These elements also play a role in nerve, muscle and cell growth and in the body's defense against infection.

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