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5 It occurs due to vitamin D deficiency and decreased intake of calcium in diet leading to softening of bones resulting in fractures and deformities.
The researchers say that suboptimal levels of vitamin D may lead to increased risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture and, in severe cases, to the development of rickets, a softening of bones in children that can lead to skeletal fractures and deformity.
This softening of bones can be so mild it's subclinical--which means you can't identify it yet.