Asian American women have a high risk of Osteoporosis, according to this article from the US Health and Human Services Department. Osteoporosis is a disease the weakens and thins the bones, making them easier to break. It usually affects women over 50 but is typically symptomless until bones are broken or height is lost (this happened to my older sister). Several risk factors for Asian women are cited, including having smaller frames and lactose intolerance, which makes it hard to get enough calcium in the diet. I would add the general dislike of many Asian and Asian American women (some Asian American beauty pageants have “no tanning” rules) for getting any sun exposure at all. There are ways, however, to prevent osteoporosis.
Key steps to preventing osteoporosis are the following:
For more information, check out this document on Asian American women and Osteoporosis from the National Institute of Health.