Osteoporosis is a natural part of aging. The bones becomes thinner as a person ages. They are therefore more brittle and easily fractured. However, this condition may be worsened by a diet deficient in calcium which is essential for bone health. Osteoporosis is more common in females as calcium may be removed from their skeletons in child bearing years.
Rickets is a disease which occurs in children. It results in the bones becoming deformed. The most common cause of rickets is insufficient vitamin D or calcium in the diet. The symptoms include bow legs, deformed spine and bones that fracture easily.. Rickets rarely occur nowadays because of improved diets
Source: Dairy produce, green veg. nuts, tofu, fortified bread & white flour, canned fish
Function: – Formation of healthy bones and teeth, blood clotting and nerve function
Deficiency: – Rickets-deficiency disease affecting children
– Osteomalcia-affects adults
– Osteoporosis-brittle bones in later life