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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.
DXA identifies only 15% of persons with increased Fracture Risk. Are you in the other 85%? To find out, you should get a Complete Bone Health Evaluation. And that is…….
First and foremost, it is an entire office visit devoted to bone health. That gives you and your doc enough time to fully discuss bone health issues. Next there is the full panel of tests: DXA, VFA, CBC, CMP, TSH, PTH, and 25-hydroxy Vit D level. Finally, there is FRAX.
This week a patient was delighted to know she had no bone worries – based on her t-score of -2.4 in her hips. Unfortunately she was very wrong! “Osteopenia” is just a single test result. Other factors placed her at High Risk for Fracture.
One test does not tell the whole story. For instance, my total cholesterol is “normal”. That means that I have no heart worries? Wrong! I have hypertension, type-2 diabetes, and a history of congestive heart failure. I am at risk for heart problems. My patient is at risk for bone problems, specifically Fragility Fractures.
PTH is ParaThyroid Hormone. This is not Thyroid. The Parathyroid glands live next to the thyroid gland. They are like 4 spots on the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland’s wings. But their function is totally different
High PTH warns us that not enough Calcium is being absorbed from diet and/or supplements. When not enough calcium is being absorbed, the blood calcium level drops. If the blood calcium drops too low, you will die. The Parathyroid glands prevent that. The Parathyroid glands’ job is to steal calcium from your bones.