Osteomalacia is a disease of the bones, caused by a Vitamin D deficiency. Because patients with this disease have bones that are soft, they are more likely to bow and fracture than stronger, healthier bones. This disease can occur in children, in which case it is called Rickets. Because Osteomalacia is caused by the lack of Vitamin D, easily accessible in our diets, it can be turned around and cured. Osteomalacia affects people of all ages, and in all stages of life. The people most at risk of Osteomalacia are those who aren’t able to produce enough Vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, this includes people who are ill, and the elderly. People whose diet is lacking in Vitamin D and/or calcium may be at risk, especially if they’re unable to produce enough Vitamin D in the skin. People who are vegan, on a lacto-vegetarian diet, or lactose intolerant are more likely to aquire Osteomalacia than people with the normal nutrient-rich diet. Everyone is at risk of obtaining Osteomalacia if they don’t take in the proper nutrients.
Osteomalacia affects those who have the disease differently based on the stage of it or how serious it is. For example, it would affect someone that just aquired Osteomalacia less than someone that was in a more serious stage of it. Emotionally, Osteomalacia causes fear. Because of their weak bones, many patients are afraid of falling. This fear might cause them to not take risks or live life to the fullest in fear of getting hurt. The patient would not take chances or put themselves in situations that could cause them to fall. Physically, patients with Osteomalacia experience pain and weakness in their bones. It is hard for patients to do everyday activities such as walking, never mind running. Because of the pain, simple activities are harder to get through due to the increase in effort to look past the pain in order to get through activities. Mentally, many patients with osteomalacia do not believe in themselves.
Because of their fear of falling and their lack of going through with activities, they do not develop an outgoing attitude because, their fear and pain out weighs their determination. Socially, people with Osteomalacia are less likely to leave their house and participate in everyday activities that would get them communicating with others. People with Osteomalacia are less likely to have a strong social life than a normal healthy human being. Osteomalacia affects patients greatly throughout all aspects of their life.
Overall, Osteomalacia has a huge affect on people with the disease. Luckily, the disease is curable. Osteomalacia can be cured by restoring the Vitamin D levels in the body, because that is the cause of the disease. Vitamin D can be restored in a few different ways depending on how you developed the deficiency. When Osteomalacia arises from a dietary or sunlight deficiency, replenishing low levels of Vitamin D in your body usually cures the condition. Other options include taking Vitamin D tablets to restore the proper levels to balance your body out. After the vitamin deficiency is restored to normal, the patients bones generally restore themselves and their is a full recovery within time.