“What are the causes of bone loss or weak bone and what could happen to my body if I have Calcium Deficiency?”

Calcium is among the essential minerals that your body needs, especially for bone strength healthy bones, and strong teeth.

If you do not take the daily Calcium requirement as per your age and condition, then it is very likely that you will experience some numerous health complications, and also prone to the risk of easy bone fractures as you age.

Symptoms of too low calcium

At Early stage of low calcium, symptoms may not emerge. However, symptoms will emerge eventually as the condition worsens.

Severe symptoms of calcium deficiency include:

  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Muscle cramps
  • Weak and brittle nails
  • Easy fracturing of the bones and bone loss


Deficiency of calcium can affect all parts of your body, which could result in weak nails and slower hair growth.


Bone Loss

Bone loss can result in low bone density (also called Osteopenia), weakness of the bone, and eventually result in porous bone (also known as osteoporosis), which is a disease in which bones become weak and fragile.

Symptoms of Bone loss


  • Height loss
  • Low overall fitness
  • Receding gums
  • Cramps, muscle aches, and bone pain
  • Decreased grip strength
  • Weak and brittle fingernails

With minimal trauma, this can lead to bone fractures (broken bones).

In summary, Bone loss is anything that impedes your ability to walk well.


Some of the causes of bone loss or weak bones include:


  • Calcium deficiency is caused by bulimia and anorexia

Bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterized by the repeated act of purging, which may result in dehydration and interfere with your food digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Anorexia is a life-threatening and psychological eating disorder.

People that suffer from this condition suffer from an extremely low body weight relative to their body type and height.

The after effect of these conditions is that it results in brittle bones and ultimately lead to osteoporosis.

Other symptoms may include

  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety
  • Bad breath
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Sore throat


  • Mercury exposure can add to the situation

You can be exposed to mercury through the air you breathe or by consuming foods that contain high mercury.

Mercury poisoning can put your body at unnecessary and expensive to treat health conditions.

One of the symptoms include an inability to walk (osteoporosis),

You can prevent this condition by making changes to your diet and environment air quality.

Other symptoms may include

  • Hearing impairment
  • Emotional changes
  • Insomnia; headaches
  • Decline cognitive function
  • Long-term use of laxatives


  • The abuse of laxative drugs


Laxative drugs are used when you intend to get rid of unwanted calories or want to lose weight.

Many laxatives can artificially stimulate your large intestine to become empty which may result in weight loss.

If you abuse the use of laxatives, then your body may become dehydrated and run the risk of dehydration.

If you don’t re-hydrate, the risk of dehydration can overuse your essential organs and can lead to death.

Also, continued use of laxatives can result in medical complications and bone loss due from mineral loss and can result in bone fractures and premature osteoporosis. (A)

Other symptoms may include

  • Severe cramps or pain
  • Weakness or unusual tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Unexplained changes in bowel functions


  • The use of corticosteroid for a long period

Corticosteroid drugs are used in treating many health conditions, like asthma, lupus, and rashes.

Using these drugs for a long period can also result in serious health effects like fragile bones.

Other symptoms may include

  • Thinning of skin
  • Bruising of the skin
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • The risk of vulnerability to infection increase


  • Chelation therapy

This is a kind of treatment that uses medicine to remove metals from the body so that you don’t fall sick eventually.

Some health care providers also use this therapy in treating heart disease, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease. (B)

This treatment is also used in removing calcium from hardened arteries muscles.

Some experts believe that this treatment could remove calcium from healthy bones, which may lead to bone weakness.

Other symptoms may include

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Fall in blood pressure
  • Breathlessness


  • Asthma

This condition does not cause or increase bone loss risk, but the medications used as treatment do.

A lot of people with asthma use corticosteroids (asthma inhalers) in controlling the condition.

Also, during this attack, it is common to start drugs like prednisone for some time.

These medications are very effective in relieving wheezing and shortness of breath that is common with asthma, but unfortunately, they may also contribute to bone loss and osteoporosis. (C)

Other symptoms may include

  • Coughing at night, during exercise or when laughing.
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Whistling or squeaky sound in the chest when exhaling (Wheezing)


  • Kidney failure can affect bone health

Kidney failure can reduce the supply of active vitamin D in the blood, which causes calcium and phosphorus to become imbalanced.

When blood vitamin D level cuts down and the blood phosphorus level rises, your body will make too much parathyroid hormone (PTH).

With High parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels, the calcium in your bones moves into your blood.

Other symptoms may include

  • Fluid retention which results in swelling in your legs, ankles or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Weakness


  • Alcohol can greatly affect your bones

High/heavy consumption of alcohol is risky for many reasons but for the purpose of our discussion, excessive alcohol may have great effects on your bones.

Your stomach does not absorb calcium adequately when you drink 2 to 3 ounces of alcohol daily.

So, drinking this amount of alcohol interferes with the pancreas and its absorption of calcium and vitamin D.

Research also shows that the intake of excessive alcohol, especially during adolescence and young adult years, can significantly affect bone health and increase the risk of osteoporosis as they age.

Other symptoms may include

  • Changes mood and cause euphoria, general discontent, guilt, or loneliness
  • Can cause gastrointestinal effects like nausea vomiting
  • Psychological effects like delirium or fear
  • Problems with coordination
  • slurred speech, or tremor


How to get calcium for your bones

Some people who follow a vegan diet experience calcium deficiency, especially if they do not add calcium-fortified foods to their diet.

Also, people with lactose intolerant may have calcium deficiency if they do not carefully seek for non-dairy foods that are rich in calcium or have the calcium added to their foods.

Let us look at two ways you can get calcium for strong, healthy, and bones

  1. Calcium supplements
  2. Organic fruits rich in calcium


Calcium supplements (calcium citrate and calcium carbonate)

The calcium salt of citric acid is calcium citrate and it is commonly used as a food preservative and sometimes as flavor, and also similar to sodium citrate.

You can also get calcium citrate in some dietary supplements.


Calcium carbonate is a common substance found in rocks (as the minerals calcite and aragonite).

Calcium carbonate is also a dietary supplement you can use when the amount of calcium you take is not enough.

These two substances are good for your body, but it is important to know that calcium carbonate has higher side effects than calcium citrate usually has fewer and less pronounced side effects than calcium carbonate.


Calcium in organic fruits


The best and natural way of taking calcium is when you eat calcium-rich-food.

There are many fruits that are reasonably high in calcium you can add to your diet.

Typically, adding calcium-rich fruits to your diet will help prevent issues related to bones, like osteoporosis.

Also, issues like muscle cramps, nervous disorders, and abnormal heart function can be prevented.

Now let’s look at some causes of calcium deficiency symptoms also known as hypocalcemia.

In Addition

Adding the daily recommended Calcium requirement to your diet either through fruits or supplements will help you stay safe of the discussed symptoms and causes of calcium deficiency and weak bones.