As you might guess, taking calcium is very effective for treating calcium deficiencies. When taking calcium by mouth, it is important to take no more than 500 or 600 mg in a single dose, since the body can only absorb a certain amount of calcium at one time. In order to get the proper calcium dosage, you may need to take it several times a day. Also, be sure to take your calcium with a meal, as calcium is best absorbed in an acidic environment (and food increases stomach acid production).
If you think you are experiencing calcium deficiency, please let your healthcare provider know. Also, let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to calcium deficiency, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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