Prevalence of Osteoporosis in women of South Asian origin may be high due to certain cultural barriers. Cultural differences include attire such as "burkha" and "saris" which cover entire body except for face. In many culture, women also are not exposed to sunlight that is required.
In this article, we will try to accomplish the following: 1. Review the physiology of bone metabolism, including hormonal and other controls of bone metabolism. 2. Discuss known risk factors in all populations, and any other risk factors that are specific to the south asian population(based on data available) 3. Report the existing data on prevalence of osteoporosis in south asian population. 4. Recommendations for both patients and physicians for healthy bones.
Associated Diseases and complications
Further research suggestions/Discussion
There is anecdotal evidence of high incidence of osteoporosis/osteomalacia in South Asians (from my perspective):
1. What is the evidence in the literature?
2. what are the etiological factors and risk factors? (Burkha/Saris covering entire body except face - creating high incidence of low Vit D?; lower intake of dietary products (related to "higher incidence of lactose intolerance?")