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Ethnicity Affects Bone Strength

While anyone can develop osteoporosis, your risk is much higher if you are white or Asian.

If you are black or Hispanic, your risk of developing the bone-thinning disorder is lower overall.

A survey found that between 13 percent and 18 percent of women older than 50 in the U.S. had osteoporosis in their hips, and that included about 20 percent of non-Hispanic white women, 5 percent of non-Hispanic black women, and 10 percent of Mexican-American women. Men have a lower risk of osteoporosis, but the risk is still higher in white and Asian men than in those with other ethnic backgrounds.

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