“If there’s a problem with your parathyroid, they often stop regulating things properly and they make too much hormone. And that keeps taking calcium out of your bones, even though you don’t need it taken out anymore. So you can get severe Osteoporosis as a result of this tiny little tumor.”
Deva Boone, MD has dedicated her career to the understanding and treatment of parathyroid disease, combining compassion, knowledge, and experience to provide world-class care to all patients.
After obtaining her MD at Cornell Medical College, Dr. Boone completed a general surgery residency in New York City and an endocrine surgery fellowship in Chicago, IL, where she then subspecialized in parathyroid surgery. She joined the Norman Parathyroid Center in 2014, where she performed over 3,600 parathyroid operations and consulted with thousands more patients with suspected calcium and parathyroid abnormalities, and in 2020 she left to open the Southwest Parathyroid Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Very few surgeons worldwide have treated more parathyroid patients than Dr. Boone.
She is a frequent speaker on parathyroid disease and enjoys teaching both patients and other physicians about calcium, Vitamin D, and parathyroids. In this episode, she shares how important the parathyroid glands are when it comes to our bones, and then she tells us how to interpret our blood work so we do not miss a parathyroid tumor that can be a root cause of osteoporosis. This talk is filled with life-changing information.
[05:00] Blood Work and Blood Calcium Levels
[10:05] Exact Numbers of Calcium and Why It’s Important
[19:12] The Issue of Low Calcium Levels
[26:45] The Free Parathyroid Disease Analysis Tool and How it Works
[35:48] Parathyroid Surgeons Versus Other Surgeons
[43:12] Dr. Deva Boone’s Perspective on Vitamin D
[49:56] How Low is Vitamin D when it’s a Parathyroid Issue?
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DISCLAIMER – The information presented on this podcast should not be construed as medical advice. It is not intended to replace consultation with your physician or healthcare provider. The ideas shared on this podcast are the expressed opinions of the guests and do not always reflect those of Margie Bissinger and the Happy Bones, Happy Life program.
Great information. Did not know Vitiam D was a hormone. Thanks for scale on labs
Very helpful information about a subject that is rarely talked about. Great interview, packed with wisdom. Thank you!