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What increases my risk for rickets?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Adult rickets, or osteomalacia, is caused by a lack of vitamin D. Vitamin D regulates the body's use of calcium and phosphorous, crucial for bone health. A diet low in vitamin D, lack of exposure to sunlight (which the body uses to make vitamin D), lack of phosphates or calcium in the diet, and some conditions like cancer, kidney failure or liver disease may put you at risk for osteomalacia.

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