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Vitamin D Deficiency Symptoms

Deficiency of vitamin D results in the following conditions:

  • Osteomalacia (in adults)
  • Rickets (in children)

People with any of these symptoms should seek advice from their medical practitioner to determine if vitamin D supplementation is warranted in their individual situation.

Symptoms of Osteomalacia

Osteomalacia is a condition that affects the bones in older adults when there is a deficiency of vitamin D, with the following symptoms:

  • Bone pain (in ribs, lower spine, pelvis and legs)
  • Bones that break easily
  • Brittle bones
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle weakness

People who are at risk of vitamin D deficiency must get their blood levels tested to determine how much supplementation is required to avoid this debilitating condition.

Deficiency of vitamin D results in the following conditions - osteomalacia (in adults) and rickets (in children)

Symptoms of rickets

Rickets is a condition that is not so prevalent today, but it still occurs in many countries around the world. The nutritional deficiency form of rickets has now been mostly eradicated, but it can still occur in children If the mother does not have any exposure to sunlight while pregnant or breastfeeding. Rickets presents with the following symptoms:

  • Bent or bowed legs
  • Late tooth development
  • Lethargy and listlessness
  • Malformation of bones or joints
  • Weak muscles

Women who are pregnant and breastfeeding must ensure they have enough exposure to sunlight every day to avoid this condition developing in their child.


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