Healthy Bones: Why They Matter for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
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Strong bones are important for good health. They give our bodies support, help us move, and protect us from injuries. Bones also store minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy. There are things you can do to keep your bones strong and healthy. Some of these include:
- Eating healthy, well-balanced meals
- Getting regular exercise
- Not smoking or drinking too much alcohol.
If you have ever broken a bone, you already know how painful it can be. Even after a broken bone heals, many people continue to have pain for a long time and may need help getting around and taking care of themselves.
Osteoporosis is a real risk for older Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Younger women and men with certain risk factors can also get osteoporosis. For example, about 90 percent of Asian Americans are lactose intolerant, which means they have trouble digesting dairy products. Dairy products contain calcium, a mineral that is very important for strong bones. Also, many Asian Americans are small and thin, which increases the chance of getting osteoporosis.
You have the power to prevent or delay osteoporosis. Find out if you are at increased risk by answering the questions below:
- Have broken a bone after age 45
- Have a mother or father who broke a hip
- Have a diet that is low in milk and dairy products
- Smoke cigarettes
- Drink more than one or two alcoholic beverages a day
- Have diabetes
- Are a cancer survivor
- Exercise less than 3 to 5 days per week
- Are small and thin
- Are a woman who has been through menopause.
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|Bone Health and Osteoporosis from the U.S. Surgeon General||800–624–2663||www.bones.nih.gov|
|Breast and Prostate Cancer||800–624–2663||www.bones.nih.gov|
|Osteoporosis and Seniors||800–222–2225 |
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