Nutrition Therapy

Osteomalacia/bone health

In adults, the poor mineralization of bone results in the painful bone disease Osteomalacia, chiefly caused by vitamin D deficiency. Osteomalacia is characterized by inadequate mineralization of bone or weakening of previously constructed bones. Insufficient calcium absorption

Causes

  • Insufficient calcium absorption
  • Deficiency or resistance to action of vitamin D
  • Phosphate deficiency due to renal disorders
  • Not enough dietary sources

Factors that reduce formation of vitamin D

  • Very little exposure to sunlight
  • Smog
  • Shorter days of sunlight
  • Use of strong sunscreen
  • In elderly, their skin, kidney and liver lose the capacity to make and activate vitamin D by advancing age.

Sources

  • Sunlight
  • Salmon
  • Tuna fish
  • Milk
  • Cod liver oil
  • Liver beef
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt fortified with vitamin D
  • Orange juice fortified with vitamin D

 

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