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Postmenopause Bone Density in Various Ethnicities

Postmenopause Bone Density in Various Ethnicities

Bone mineral density (BMD) is shown to decrease in women in their post menopausal stages. Further studies conducted have shown BMD ratios differ in various ethnic groups in postmenopause.

Studies have shown BMD starts to decrease in women during perimenopause. A research study was conducted in the Department of Medicine in the Massachusetts Hospital in Boston, to see if ethnicity played a roll in post menopausal BMD in women. Research was conducted on 3 ethnic groups in the U.S. These were Caucasian, Chinese, Japanese and African-American.

Overall reports concluded that the groups with the highest BMD were African-American. Second was Caucasian and third were Asians. Yet, studies showed that Asian women had less fracture rates than Caucasian women even thought their bone density was less. This could be due to the different lifestyles such as diet and careers. Women were around the perimenopausal ages of 42 years were monitored during peri-menopause and during postmenopause for this study.
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Another study was conducted to see if weight played a significant role, and women below 70kg from various ethnic groups were tested. There showed to be no significant difference in BMD in African-Americans and Asians. Caucasians showed to be the lowest in these tests regardless of weight.

Caucasian women have shown to be the most vulnerable to having a decreased BMD during menopause and postmenopause. Even thought their BMD is shown to be higher than Asians, their BMD was more fragile and they suffered from more bone fractures.

Further tests taken have shown weight factors to affect BMD in women going through menopause. Ethnic groups BMD do differ, but lifestyle and dietary differences are shown to play a significant role in the maintenance of BMD during menopause. Weight gain factors that are coherent to an ethnicity┤s biological make up and could be linked to a decreased BMD in women in postmenopause.

Yet, more conclusive studies have shown that Caucasians in the U.S are more overweight than most ethnic groups. Better diet has also shown to play a role in the decrease of BMD.

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