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Should I get my calcium levels tested?

If you suspect a calcium deficiency, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or registered dietitian, to determine the appropriate course of action.


Your healthcare provider may recommend a blood test to measure your serum calcium levels if you have symptoms or risk factors suggesting calcium deficiency.


There are two types of calcium blood tests:

  • Total calcium measures both the calcium attached to certain proteins in your blood and “free” or unattached calcium. This test is often included in a routine blood screening called a basic metabolic panel.

  • Ionized calcium, on the other hand, measures only the “free” or unattached calcium in your blood.

It’s important to note that a calcium blood test cannot show how much calcium you have in your bones.


To measure your bone health, your healthcare provider may recommend a type of X-ray called a bone density test (DEXA scan).


In summary, if you suspect a calcium deficiency, consult with a healthcare professional to determine the appropriate course of action.


A blood test can measure your serum calcium levels, and a bone density test can assess your bone health. Prioritizing your calcium intake and bone health is essential for overall well-being.


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