Episode - What You Need To Know About The Parathyroid Glands with Dr. Deva Boone

EPISODE 133

What You Need To Know About The Parathyroid Glands with Dr. Deva Boone

The parathyroid glands may be small, but their impact on our health is monumental. These four tiny glands regulate blood calcium levels via parathyroid hormone (PTH), vital for the optimal functioning of our brain, muscles, nerves, and many bodily processes.

Primary hyperparathyroidism is more common than most people realize and is often misdiagnosed. This occurs when the parathyroid glands secrete too much PTH, causing elevated blood calcium levels.

While it can happen at any age, the risk increases as you get older, and it is most common in postmenopausal women. Unfortunately, because of that, it often flies under the radar, with the symptoms mistakenly being attributed to menopause.

Today, I’m joined by Dr. Deva Boone, one of the most experienced parathyroid surgeons in the U.S. She was the Medical Director and Senior Surgeon at the Norman Parathyroid Center until 2020, when she left to open the Southwest Parathyroid Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

In this conversation, Dr. Deva and I discuss how the parathyroid glands regulate calcium levels in your bloodstream, the role of calcium in the body, the prevalence of primary hyperparathyroidism, the importance of vitamin D in calcium metabolism, challenges of diagnosing parathyroid issues, the necessity of experienced surgeons for parathyroid surgery, and more. Enjoy the episode!

 

During this episode, you’ll learn about:

  • Why Dr. Deva decided to focus her career on the parathyroid glands
  • The function of the parathyroid glands
  • Blood calcium regulation and the many roles of calcium in the body
  • Causes and symptoms of primary hyperparathyroidism
  • How the parathyroid glands regulate calcium levels
  • Why primary hyperparathyroidism remains so underdiagnosed
  • How calcium levels change with age
  • The relationship between vitamin D, parathyroid hormone, and calcium absorption
  • What you need to know about vitamin D testing
  • Controversy and recommendations on the optimal vitamin D levels and the potential impact on serum calcium
  • The effects of high vitamin D levels and Dr. Deva’s recommended range
  • Parathyroid surgery and treatment options for benign adenomas
  • Potential risks and complications associated with parathyroid surgery
  • Why it’s critical to find a surgeon with specific parathyroid surgery expertise
  • Patient advocacy and taking control of your health

 

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