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Rickets Human Biology
September 17, 2011

Most people know that good nutrition is important for good health. But not many people realize the importance a healthy diet can have on their health and their children’s health for years to come. A good diet helps children grow, develop, and do well in school. It also helps young and older adults to work productively and feel their best. Without a proper diet or a serious lack of nutrition a person is making his or her self susceptible to all sorts of diseases. All people, young and old, need to have a healthy and nutritional diet if they want to avoid the many diseases caused by poor nutrition.
One disease young children are at risk for is rickets. Rickets is caused by a vitamin D,
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The AAP states that the increase in vitamin D will also help children prevent Osteoporosis as adults (Wagner & Greer, 2008).
Rickets is the most common form of metabolic bone disease worldwide. Measures such as adequate sunlight exposure and dietary supplementation are simple but effective in reducing rickets. It is important to target culturally vulnerable groups and pregnant women. Preterm babies form a specific population that is particularly vulnerable to the metabolic consequences of calcium and phosphate deficiency, requiring early intervention.
Parents and caregivers need to be sure that their children are consuming enough calcium. Whether it is from fortified formulas, cow’s milk, green leafy vegetables, fortified orange juice or calcium fortified cereals these fast growing children need to meet the calcium needs of their bodies. Since all of these calcium rich foods are readily available nutritional rickets is rarely seen in the United States and Europe. Unfortunately, “in unindustrialized countries, vitamin D deficiency rickets continues to be a problem”. (Definition of Rickets, 2011).
In conclusion, rickets is a nutrition related disease that can severely impact a child’s life. Rickets, the softening and weakening of bones, occurs because of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus deficiencies. Young rapidly growing children are at the highest risk for rickets, but it can easily be prevented through diet and

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