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What is adult rickets?

Adult rickets, or osteomalacia, is a bone weakness caused by a vitamin D deficiency, much like the childhood disease rickets. Vitamin D regulates the levels of calcium and phosphorus in your bloodstream. If you do not get enough vitamin D from either the sun or food, or if you have an absorption problem, your body will begin to draw phosphate and calcium from the bones, making them soft and weak.

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