Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common cause of SHPT.
Inside your neck, behind your thyroid, are 4 glands called parathyroid glands. They are each about the size of a grain of rice. These little glands have very important jobs. The parathyroid glands produce a hormone called parathyroid hormone (PTH), which is responsible for balancing several hormones and minerals within your body.
When the parathyroid glands make too much PTH, this condition is called hyperparathyroidism. Too much PTH means your body does not balance minerals and hormones correctly. Secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) is a type of hyperparathyroidism. The word secondary means that the problem is caused by something outside of the parathyroid glands.
SHPT causes imbalances in PTH, calcium, and phosphorus, and are frequently accompanied by low levels of vitamin D.
People with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at risk for developing SHPT. In fact, 40% of people with stage 3 CKD and 82% with stage 4 CKD develop SHPT.
When someone has a diagnosis of SHPT and stage 3 or 4 CKD and low vitamin D levels, effective treatment for SHPT can help him or her get back in balance. Left untreated, SHPT can get worse and more difficult to treat and can cause issues such as osteoporosis, bone fractures, kidney stones, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Rayaldee has not been proven to completely get rid of vitamin D insufficiency nor control secondary hyperparathyroidism.
Learn more about a treatment called Rayaldee® (calcifediol) extended-release capsules that can help you manage the ups and downs of SHPT. Talk to your healthcare provider to see if Rayaldee could help you get back in balance.
Living With SHPT
If your healthcare provider has said that you have secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT), you may have questions. Many people who receive this diagnosis have not had any symptoms or didn’t realize there was a problem with their parathyroid glands.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common cause of SHPT. When someone has SHPT related to CKD stage 3 or 4 and has low levels of vitamin D, there is treatment available. Rayaldee® (calcifediol) extended-release capsules is an oral medicine approved to treat the imbalances noted in SHPT.
Your healthcare provider will check levels of vitamin D, parathyroid hormone, calcium, and phosphorus in your blood. You may also have other tests to monitor for other changes that may occur with SHPT, such as x-rays to monitor your bones.
Be sure to let your healthcare provider know about how you feel. The symptoms of SHPT can be mild. Some people don’t have any symptoms at all. Your healthcare provider will be better equipped to help if he or she understands your experience.
Treating SHPT is Important
The symptoms of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) are often mild. Many people don’t experience symptoms at all. Symptoms may include depression, excessive urination, abdominal pain, bone and joint pain, and fatigue.
Without treatment, secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) can lead to serious health issues, including osteoporosis, bone fractures, kidney stones, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Over time, SHPT can progress and get more difficult to treat. Rayaldee has not been proven to completely get rid of vitamin D insufficiency nor control secondary hyperparathyroidism.
Talk with your healthcare provider about your risks for SHPT and whether treatment with Rayaldee could be right for you.