PreventionBy Mayo Clinic staff
Osteomalacia caused by inadequate sun exposure or a diet low in vitamin D often can be prevented. Here are a few suggestions to help reduce your risk of developing osteomalacia:
- Spend a few minutes in the sun. Sun is a natural source of vitamin D. Although it's important to limit your unprotected time in the sun, brief periods of direct sun exposure will help with vitamin D production. Ask your doctor for guidance on a safe amount of sun exposure for you.
- Eat foods high in vitamin D. These include foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D, including oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines) and egg yolks. Also look for foods that are fortified with vitamin D, such as cereal, bread, milk and yogurt.
- Take supplements, if needed. If you don't get enough vitamins and minerals in your diet or if you have a medical condition affecting the ability of your digestive system to absorb nutrients properly, ask your doctor about taking a vitamin D supplement and a calcium supplement.
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