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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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What is osteomalacia?
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Osteomalacia is a bone disorder in adults, similar to rickets in children. It is caused by a lack of...
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How do medications treat osteomalacia?
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Oral supplements or injections of vitamin D can help to restore proper levels of vitamin D in the bo...
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Can osteomalacia be prevented?
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Osteomalacia caused by insufficient sunlight or vitamin D deficient diets can be prevented. To help ...
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How does osteomalacia affect the body?
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Osteomalacia causes the bones to become soft, which can lead to pain and bone deformity. Bones need ...
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