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Parathyroid disease is caused by a parathyroid tumor making too much parathyroid hormone: Hyperparathyroidism. Parathyroid glands are small glands of the endocrine system which are located in the neck behind the thyroid. Parathyroid glands control the calcium in our bodies—how much calcium is in our bones, and how much calcium is in our blood. Parathyroid glands control the calcium. Occasionally they can be as large as a pea and still be normal. Normal parathyroid glands are the color of spicy yellow mustard. The voice box is the pink structure at the top of the picture sitting on top of the trachea.
The carotid arteries are shown on both sides of the thyroid running from the heart up to the brain. Remember, the parathyroids are behind the thyroid. If you have parathyroid disease, you very likely have 3 normal parathyroid glands the size of a grain of rice and one parathyroid tumor that is as big as an olive, grape, or even a walnut. More about parathyroid disease on other pagesthis page is about NORMAL parathyroid function. One more introductory note We must make sure you understand that the thyroid and parathyroid are NOT related. The Role of Calcium in the Human Body and how the Parathyroid Glands Control All Calcium Levels in our Bodies.
First a word about CALCIUM and what it does in our bodies. We use many elements in our bodies to perform all the different functions of life. To provide the electrical energy for our nervous system. The most important thing that calcium does in the human body is provide the means for electrical impulses to travel along nerves. Calcium is what the nervous system of our body uses to conduct electricity. To provide the electrical energy for our muscular system. To provide strength to our skeletal system.
Thus, calcium is the most closely regulated element in our bodies. There are no other glands in our bodies that regulate any other element. Because its our nervous system that separates us from all other plant and animal life—and calcium provides the electrical system for our nervous system. So, parathyroid disease is not just about osteoporosis and kidney stones, it is primarily about us feeling «normal» and enjoying life. The Role of the Parathyroid Glands — to Regulate Calcium. This is all they do. When the calcium in the blood is high enough, then the parathyroids shut down and stop making PTH.
This is called hyperparathyroidism and this is the disease that this entire web site is about. There are 4 parathyroids glands. We all have 4 parathyroids glands. The thyroid gland controls much of your body’s metabolism, but the parathyroid glands control body calcium. They have no relationship except they are neighbors. Parathyroid glands make a hormone, called «Parathyroid Hormone». Doctors and labs abbreviate Parathyroid Hormone as «PTH». Just like calcium, PTH has a normal range in our bloodwe can measure it to see how good or bad a job the parathyroid glands are doing. All four parathyroid glands do the exact same thing. It is quite uncommon for 3 or 4 glands to go bad. When one of your parathyroid glands go bad and makes too much hormone, the excess hormone goes to the bones and takes calcium out of the bones and puts it in your blood. It’s the high calcium in the blood that makes you feel bad. Everybody with a bad parathyroid gland will eventually develop bad osteoporosis—unless the bad gland is removed.