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Fast Facts About OsteomalaciaOsteomalacia is the softening of bones. Osteomalacia diet helps to prevent rickets in children. Adequate amount of calcium and phosphorus helps the bones to become strong and vitamin D is inevitable
The softening of bones in adults is referred to as osteomalacia. This condition in children is known as rickets. Osteomalacia results due to abnormal bone formation, rather than weakening of previously formed bone (osteoporosis).
Rickets was common in North America until the 1940’s, when Vitamin D was discovered to have a preventive role for this condition.
Bones require calcium and phosphorus to become strong and healthy; Vitamin D is required for the absorption of these two minerals.
Sunlight prompts the development of Vitamin D in the skin. Thus inadequate exposure to sunlight may cause osteomalacia.
Lack of Vitamin D in the diet, certain intestinal disorders such as Crohns disease, some medications, and kidney or liver disorders which prevent the body from activating/producing Vitamin D may all lead to the development of osteomalacia.
The prime symptom of osteomalacia is bone pain which occurs mainly in the hip area, and bone tenderness may also be present.
Babies having rickets are slow in crawling and sitting, and may develop bowed legs, spine deformities and an abnormally shaped skull.
Dietary Management For Osteomalacia And Rickets
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|