Low calcium levels are often seen in patients with eating disorders. Calcium is a primary nutrient in the development of strong bones and teeth, the maintenance of muscle tone, control of blood pressure, cardiac function, and function of the peripheral and central nervous systems. Chronic calcium deficiency leads to osteopenia, and eventually osteoporosis. Food is the best source of calcium; treatment providers may also prescribe daily calcium supplements, particularly if osteoporosis or osteopenia are developing. In such cases, Vitamin D, necessary for absorption of calcium, may also be prescribed.
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