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is cerebellar ataxia and a deficiency in vitamin D connected??

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replied August 20th, 2010
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Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Rickets is characterized by fractures, bowling of legs. Adults develop fractures too. Non exposure to sun rays especially those in those population who are living in nursing homes, deficiency due to intestinal disorders, resection and diseases can be causes in adults. Malnutrition in children results in deficiency leading to rickets. Deficiency also contributes to osteoporosis in adults by decreasing intestinal absorption of calcium. Insufficiency also places adults at risk for developing cancer, type 1 and II diabetes. It is not known to cause any cerebellar disorders and cerebellar ataxia is unrelated, it occurs in alcoholism, cerebellar tumors and certain dermatological conditions associated with cerebellar pathology.

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