Osteoporosis awareness and prevention 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. Our organization is partnered with the American Bone Health.
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: