How much calcium turnover occurs normally each day?

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Manish Suneja, MD, FASN, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Calcium turnover is estimated to be 10-20 mEq/day. Approximately 500 mg of calcium is removed from the bones daily and replaced by an equal amount. Normally, the amount of calcium absorbed by the intestines is matched by urinary calcium excretion. Despite these enormous fluxes of calcium, the levels of ionized calcium remain stable because of the rigid control maintained by parathyroid hormone (PTH), vitamin D, and calcitonin through complex feedback loops. These compounds act primarily at bone, renal, and GI sites. Calcium levels are also affected by magnesium and phosphorus. [4]


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