|Other Terms :||Adult Rickets, Soft Bones|
Osteomalacia Symptoms & Causes due to Nutritional Deficiency
Osteomalacia is the term used for soft bones that arise from a defect in the bone-building process, due to poor bone mineralization. In children, it is known as rickets. Osteomalacia in adults is usually a milder form than in children, and is sometimes called adult rickets.
The most common cause of osteomalacia is deficiency of certain nutrients in the diet. Sufficient intake of these nutrients can help in osteomalacia treatment or prevention.
A good quality bone protection supplement may also help as a preventive measure to address the nutritional causes of osteomalacia.
What nutrient deficiencies can lead to osteomalacia :
|DIETARY ELEMENT | DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS | FOODS|
|Vitamin D | More on Vitamin D
Lack of vitamin D is one of the main causes of osteomalacia, as vitamin D deficiency can lead to inadequate calcium in bones, giving rise to osteomalacia symptoms that include weak soft bones that are prone to fractures, muscular weakness, weak legs, and even limb deformities such as bow legs or spine deformities like a curved spine.
Foods high in vitamin D that may help in osteomalacia treatment include · fish liver oils · mackerel · salmon, especially sockeye salmon · sardine · shrimp.
|Calcium | More on Calcium
Calcium deficiency is one of the most well-known causes of osteomalacia (adult rickets) due to inadequate calcium in bones, that results in soft bones prone to fractures; osteomalacia symptoms include muscular weakness, spine deformities, limb deformities, and rheumatic or arthritic-like bone pain especially hip bone pain.
Calcium rich foods that may help in osteomalacia treatment include · fresh dark green vegetables like collard greens, dandelion greens, mustard greens, spinach, turnip greens, wing beans · dairy foods such as buttermilk, mozzarella cheese, raw (non-pasteurized) milk, whey, yoghurt · goat’s milk · soft bones of wild salmon, sardines, tuna, and anchovies are good sources of calcium that is easily absorbed by the body.
|Phosphorus | More on Phosphorus
Phosphorus deficiency is one of the causes of osteomalacia (adult rickets) symptomized by soft bones prone to fractures, muscular weakness, weak legs, limb deformities, spine deformities, and rheumatic or arthritic-like bone pain especially hip bone pain.
Foods high in phosphorus that may prevent or alleviate osteomalacia symptoms include · cheese · milk · meat · legumes (adzuki beans, chickpeas or garbanzo beans, yellow beans, lentils) · whole grains (wheat, oats, millet, quinoa, brown rice, corn, rye).
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