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Several patients have called us in panic because their friends told them that HyperParathyroidism means Surgery.¬† We reassured them that Surgery is almost never needed in HyperParathyroidism.¬† But we do need to treat it to preserve or restore Bone Health.
Our clinic sees a new case of HyperParathyroidism almost daily.¬† Only one or two a year actually need surgery.¬† How do we¬†cure all the others? ¬†Calcium and Vitamin D3 are¬†the key, as long as you take enough.
Most of what we see is¬†Secondary HyperParathyroidism.¬† That is the Parathyroid glands doing their job.¬† Their job is to keep sufficient Calcium in the blood. ¬†They steal it from the bones if not enough is absorbed in diet and supplements.¬† Too low a Vitamin D level prevents Calcium absorption.
Sometimes secondary hyperparathyroidism goes on for so long that the glands “reset their thermostat too high”.¬† This is Tertiary HyperParathyroidism and is successfully treated with Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein, and Multiple Vitamins¬†& Minerals over many months.
Primary Hyperparathyroidism is that rare case where a parathyroid gland goes out of control. ¬†It becomes a tumor (not a cancer) putting out too much PTH hormone and steals calcium from bone until it is removed.
Read more about HyperParathyroidism in blogs from last year by clicking on the links.
HyperParathyroidism?¬† Take Control Naturally with proper nutrition.
Jay Ginther, MD
Primary HyperParaThyroidism is the result of one of the 4 Parathyroid glands going completely out of control. ¬†It grows in size and puts out increasing amounts of Parathyroid hormone. ¬†This steals calcium from bone and raises calcium levels in the blood. ¬†This tumor is called an Adenoma. ¬†The good news is that it is NOT a cancer. ¬†The bad news is that it can and will destroy your bones.
Primary Hyperparathyroidism and Tertiary¬†Hyperparathyroidism both have high PTH and high Calcium levels. ¬†The treatments are very different; so it is necessary to tell them apart. ¬†This is done by Parathyroid Scan.
Tertiary¬†HyperParaThyroidism is becoming common among older individuals.¬† Or maybe we are just beginning to notice what it really is.¬† The blood tests are the same as Primary HyperParaThyroidism – high Calcium and high PTH.¬† But the cause and treatment are very different.
Tertiary HyperParaThyroidism happens when Secondary HyperParaThyroidism has been going on for so long that the “thermostat is reset too high”.¬† The ParaThyroid Glands have been maintaining a high PTH level for so long that they forget to shut off when Calcium levels are high enough.
High ParaThyroid Hormone (PTH) levels take Calcium out of your Bones. ¬†This is good as an occasional event to cover short periods of low calcium intake. ¬†¬†Bones store calcium for use in the body. ¬†Only recently have we discovered that the flow of calcium into and out of bones is a minute by minute process, controlled by PTH.
As long as equal amounts of calcium flow into and out of your bones daily and weekly, life is good. ¬†But, if PTH is high most of the time, you eventually drain too much calcium from your bones and you Fracture.¬†¬†We check PTH as part of a Complete Bone Health Evaluation. ¬†High PTH is much more common than we once thought. ¬†It is called HyperParaThyroidism and comes in 3 types.