1. Can exposing myself to sunlight help in treating osteomalacia?
Yes, exposure to sunlight is the prime factor in treating osteomalacia. If you are not exposed to enough sunlight, you will require a diet rich in vitamin D or vitamin D supplements for treating yourself.
2. What foods can help me manage the symptoms of osteomalacia?
The following foodstuffs are indicated for the management of osteomalacia:
Dairy products (cheese, milk, yoghurt)
Fish (sardines, salmon, mackerel, tuna)
Fruits (papaya, oranges, strawberries, pineapples, grapefruits, bananas)
Vegetables (green leafy spinach, kale, collard greens), bell peppers, broccoli, turnip or mustard green, okra, tomato, potatoes or sweet potatoes
3. What lifestyle changes are useful in treating osteomalacia?
Lifestyle changes that help manage osteomalacia include:
Enough sun exposure
Diet rich in vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus
Adequate physical activity
Safety tips to be followed to prevent fractures due to falls
(bathroom fittings such as support rails, or grab bars, a nightlight, etc.)
Avoid smoking or alcohol consumption
4. What are the common medicines used for treating osteomalacia?
The common medicines used for treating osteomalacia include:
Oral supplements of calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorus
Also, large doses are indicated if you are not able to absorb enough nutrients (weight loss surgery)
5. Can the treatment for osteomalacia lead to any side effects?
No known side effects of osteomalacia treatment are documented.