What causes osteomalacia?
The most common cause of osteomalacia is vitamin D deficiency.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 13 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Osteomalacia is a condition in which your bones become soft due to a lack of calcium and phosphate, often because you are not getting enough vitamin D.
Signs and symptoms of osteomalacia include: increased risk of fractures; fractures that happen without injury; widespread bone pain and tenderness, especially in the pelvis and lower back; difficulty walking; walking with a waddle, and; muscle …
People who do not receive enough sunlight and/or vitamin D in their diet are especially at risk of osteomalacia.
Your doctor will diagnose osteomalacia based on your symptoms, blood tests, and by examining your bones by X-ray or other methods.
Treatment of osteomalacia focuses on you getting enough vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus in your diet and getting regular sunlight exposure. Your doctor may advise you to add certain vitamin-rich or calcium-rich foods to your diet, or to begin taking …
Unless there is an underlying medical condition, osteomalacia can be prevented by including enough vitamin D in your diet and getting enough sunlight.