Asian Americans have a naturally higher risk for developing osteoporosis due to
their genetics, lifestyle choices, and higher incidence of lactose intolerance. While
data is available on osteoporosis status, risk factors, and knowledge about the
disease groups in general Asian populations, little is known about osteoporosis in
specific Asian sub-groups.
The purpose of this investigation was to survey Vietnamese-Americans in the local
community to assess daily calcium intake, general knowledge about osteoporosis
and prevention, as well as other lifestyle choices that promote the development of
osteoporosis. A cross-sectional survey of 80 Vietnamese-Americans between the
ages of 18-70 who attended a local Vietnamese New Year event or Vietnamese
Student Association gathering was used to collect data. It is predicted that
Vietnamese Americans adults will not meet the recommended daily calcium intake
and will not be knowledgeable about other lifestyle choices that increase their risk
for developing osteoporosis. Through the information collected, we hope to gain
insight into the Vietnamese community’s knowledge about osteoporosis and
educate local communities on osteoporosis prevention.
Additional contributors: Marilyn S. Nanney (faculty mentor).
This project was supported by the University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).
Investigating Calcium Intake and Osteoporosis Risk Factors in Vietnamese-Americans.
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