Bone growth may also be limited by vitamin D deficiency, resulting in a condition called rickets (osteomalacia), which leads to soft and/or deformed bones and is caused by an inability to absorb calcium due to lack of vitamin D.
Vitamin D levels may be insufficient and bring about a softening of bones (osteomalacia), which produces pain and bony deformities, such as flattening or bending.
However, adults can better handle a vitamin D deficiency than children, so their symptoms of osteomalacia may not seem as worrisome, acute or pressing.
Chronic use of laxatives may result in fluid and electrolyte imbalances, steatorrhea, osteomalacia, diarrhea, cathartic colon, and liver disease.
In adults, severe vitamin D deficiency results in osteomalacia, which confers both weakness of bones and of the muscles.
Adults will get sick with osteomalacia, which is similar to rickets, if they're severely lacking in vitamin D.
Owing to this influence it has been used in rickets and osteomalacia.