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Osteoporosis: Unique Risk Factors In African American Women

Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disease characterized by low bone mineral density (BMD) which makes bones fragile and susceptible to fracture. Many African American women believe that osteoporosis is only a concern for white women. This misperception can be a barrier to prevention and treatment. It's true that African American women tend to have higher BMD than white women throughout life, however, there are specific issues that African American women face when it comes to developing osteoporosis that are less well known [1].
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