Osteomalacia means "soft bones." Osteomalacia is a disease that weakens bones and can cause them to break more easily. It is a disorder of decreased mineralization, which results in bone breaking down faster than it can re-form. It is a condition that occurs in adults.
1 out of every 4 people has osteopenia or osteomalacia and the lifetime probability of having a hip fracture at 50 years of age is 8.5% for women and about 4% for men . For 2006, the estimated cost of healthcare for hip fracture was $97 million
Treatments to relieve or correct osteomalacia symptoms may include:
• Wearing braces to reduce or prevent bone irregularities
• Surgery to correct bone deformities (in severe cases)
• Adequate exposure to sunlight