Calcium is a mineral that plays an essential role at the cellular level for many organ systems and is most known for bone health. The health effects of calcium deficiency are similar to those of Vitamin D, which include conditions such as osteoporosis and heart disease.

One study has identified multiple gene loci that are found to be expressed in bones, including genes such as DGKD and CASR, which are associated with bone density.

Furthermore, in another study of East Asians specifically, out of the 65 identified gene loci that investigators have associated with calcium levels in blood serum, a specific gene locus in the CASR gene was highlighted as a potential primary actor in calcium regulation.

Learn more about these studies here:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24068962
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25972035

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