Osteoporosis In Japanese Americans

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Although there are many diseases that Japanese Americans suffer more from than mainland or Hawaiian Japanese, Osteoporosis is a disease that Japanese Americans suffer more from than other ethnic groups. Osteoporosis is a disease where the body looses too much bone proteins or doesn't make enough which causes the bones to become weak which can be considered also as low bone mineral density (BMD)( This result can cause things like hip fractures and shortened height, which are common occurrences in Japanese Americans as they age. Japanese Americans in addition also experience the lowest BMD which is one of the reasons they probably have the highest rate of Osteoporosis. In particular,
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Japanese Americans tend to be more work oriented and lead less of a physical lifestyle, resulting in less movement and strain on the spine and hips. Japanese Americans also tend to be more lactose intolerant, resulting in calcium deficiency and a lower bone density. Lactose Intolerance also creates a issue among women, who rely on healthy fats throughout menopause in order to produce efficient estrogen and conserve bone density. In a study an "increase of surgically induced menopause has been seen in Japanese American women, with a mean age of the menopause seen being now seen at the age of 51.5 compared to the 55.5 of native Japanese women." (Fujiwara S. et al) which means that their estrogen levels are depleting faster compared to other ethnicities and subjecting them to a higher risk of lower bone density and osteoporosis.

Fujiwara, S., Huang, C., Ross, P. D., Yamada, M., Kodama, K., Davis, J. W., & Wasnich, R. D. (1999). Differences in health characteristics between native Japanese and Japanese-Americans. Journal Of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 14(3), 273.

Matthews, K. A., Abrams, B., Crawford, S., Miles, T., Neer, R., Powell, L. H., & Wesley, D. (2001). Body mass index in mid-life women: relative influence of menopause, hormone use, and ethnicity. International Journal Of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders, 25(6), 863.

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