I have always had a slightly lower than normal calcium level. A couple of weeks ago, my lab work revealed that my albumin and my calcium were slightly low. I had it rechecked this week, and now my calcium, albumin, and total protein are low. I know that low albumin can make a blood calcium level low, but my calcium has always been low in the past.. long before my albumin was low. After reading different information about low albumin levels, I am concerned about liver disease. My ALT and AST were both within normal limits and everything else on my lab work was also. Can the low calcium, albumin, and total protein be from nutrition? Or should I be worried about something else?
Have you changed your eating habits? Albumin (protein), total protein and calcium all come from our diet. You are correct that when albumin is below normal, calcium will be lower, too. Suggest eating foods rich in protein and calcium daily. Calcium is in all dairy products: cheese, yogurt, pudding, and ice cream. Other sources are: Orange juice fortified with calcium, Tofu, Almonds, Kale, Beans (not green beans), Broccoli, dark green vegetables, and Eggs. Plus non dairy sources: soy milk, soy yogurt, and soy ice cream. We need protein consumed on daily basis. It is in all dairy products as above, all meats, chicken and fish, plus, vegetarian combinations (rice & beans, pasta & beans, low fat cheese & pasta, vegetables (salad) with nuts or beans). Hoped this helped you.
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