Osteoporosis is Delta Phi Lambda's national philanthropy. Women, particularly Asian women, have higher risks of developing osteoporosis. With our support of research and various non-profit organizations in the battle against osteoporosis through numerous philanthropic efforts, we're able to better inform the community about this debilitating disease.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a debilitating disease characterized by low bone mass and, thus, bones that are susceptible to fracture. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks, typically in the hip, spine, or wrist. A hip fracture can limit mobility and lead to a loss of independence, while vertebral fractures can result in a loss of height, stooped posture, and chronic pain.
What are the Risk Factors for Osteoporosis?
There are several factors that increase your chances of developing osteoporosis, including:
Are There Any Special Issues for Asian Women Regarding Bone Health?
Recent studies indicate a number of facts that highlight the risk that Asian American women face with regard to developing osteoporosis:
How Can Osteoporosis Be Prevented?
Building strong bones with a healthy lifestyle, especially before the age of 20, can be the best defense against developing osteoporosis!
To help prevent osteoporosis: