Sulkowitch Calcium Test

Sulkowitch Calcium Test

Highlight: The Sulkowitch test measures the amount of calcium excreted in the urine which provides insight on how well the body is able to absorb and utilize dietary calcium.

Functional Assessment of: Calcium.  The amount of calcium in the urine directly correlates to the amount in the blood. Because calcium metabolism is related to the parathyroid gland , this test maybe also a screen for parathyroid gland disorders. This is also a very important test to assess if the calcium one is taking as a supplement is being absorbed and is the correct dose.

Reduced calcium absorption can be caused by low intake of calcium dietary and or supplement wise, decreased stomach acid ( which reduces as we age), high fat diet, high phosphorus diet ( red meats and carbonated beverages), low vitamin D status, low magnesium intake, decreased exercise and digestive weakness. It is very unusual for calcium to be too high due to food over consumption. The body if deficient in the bones will try and retain calcium for the bones by taking it from muscles and teeth , hence cramps and decalcification of the teeth in deficiencies.

Some of the signs and symptoms of calcium deficiency include:

  • Osteoporosis/Osteopenia
    Bone or Teeth Weakness
    High Blood Pressure
    Osteoporosis
    Insomnia
    Fatigue
    Brittle Nails
    Eye Twitches
    Leg Cramps
    Heart Palpations
    Dry Mouth
    Cramps in calves at night or Menses Cramps
    Headaches

Fee Schedule:

Individually: 70
When combined with Metabolic Urine Testing: 50

Consult: 98 Additional to Test Fee
(It is recommended to have a consult with this visit)

PATIENT PREPARATION ( for all urinalysis):

  • First morning urine is most optimal
    The specific gravity of the sample should be between 1.015-1.020 for optimal results
    Patient Preparation : 24 hrs before test
    It is helpful to consume chicken or turkey for tryptophan assists indicant test
    Eliminate the use of salt as much as possible
    Eliminate all nutritional supplements
    Eliminate iodine and bile supplements as they may cause false positives in the indican bowl test
    Eliminate coffee, tea , colas and alcoholic beverages. These are diuretics and will concentrate the sample too much. Alcohol may also cause false negatives on the indican test and false positives for the oxidata test.
    Reduce laxatives and bulking agents ie fiber ( interferes with indicant test)
    Reduce the use of beets and carrots as they may discolor the urine and make the readings more difficult.
    Drink 6 glasses of water each day

(Courtesy of  Professional Health Products- In Office Lab Tests Manual)