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A nurse is teaching a patient with hyperparathyroidism how to prevent hypercalcemia. The nurse should include which of the following in her medical counseling?

Explanation

• Weight bearing exercise, such as walking or running, prevents the breakdown of bones and release of calcium into the blood stream

• Frequent stimulation of osteoblast activity is needed

• Increasing fluid intake can help with the treatment of hypercalcemia, but is usually not useful in its prevention

• Calcium intake should not be altered unless severe hypercalcemia develops

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