Healthy Bones: Why They Matter for Chinese Americans

March 2012

Strong bones are important for our health. They give our bodies support, help us move, and protect us from injuries. Bones also store minerals that our bodies need to stay healthy. There are things you can do to keep your bones strong and healthy. Some of these include:

  • Eating healthy, well-balanced meals.
  • Getting regular exercise.
  • Not smoking or drinking too much alcohol.

These healthy behaviors can help you prevent osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak and more likely to break. In fact, half of all women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. Most will break a bone in the hip, spine, or wrist.

If you have ever broken a bone, you already know how painful it can be. Even after a broken bone heals, many people continue to have pain for a long time and need help getting around and taking care of themselves.

Osteoporosis is a real risk for older Asian Americans. Younger women and men with certain risk factors can also get osteoporosis. For example, Asian Americans may be at increased risk for lactose intolerance, which means they have trouble digesting dairy products. Dairy products contain calcium, a mineral that is very important for strong bones. Also, many Asian Americans are small and thin, which increases the chance of getting osteoporosis.

You have the power to prevent or delay osteoporosis. Find out if you are at increased risk by answering the questions below:

  1. Have you ever broken a bone after the age of 45?  ___ Yes  ___ No
  2. Did your mother or father ever break a hip?  ___ Yes  ___ No
  3. Is your diet low in milk and dairy products?  ___ Yes  ___ No
  4. Do you have diabetes?  ___ Yes  ___ No
  5. Have you ever taken medicine to control asthma or seizures?  ___ Yes  ___ No
  6. Do you exercise less than 3 to 5 days per week?  ___ Yes  ___ No
  7. If you are a woman, have you been through menopause?  ___ Yes  ___ No
  8. Are you small and thin?  ___ Yes  ___ No
  9. Do you smoke?  ___ Yes  ___ No
  10. Do you drink more than 1 or 2 alcoholic beverages a day?  ___ Yes  ___ No

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, talk to your doctor about steps you can take to protect your bones. Following are free resources to help you learn more about your bone health and risk factors for osteoporosis.

Resources on Bone Health and Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
For more information on: Call toll free: Or visit:
Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Guide for Asian Women Aged 50 and Older 800–624–2663
Bone Health and Osteoporosis from the U.S. Surgeon General 800–624–2663
Exercise 800–624–2663
Lactose Intolerance 800–891–5389
Menopause 800–222–2225
Nutrition 800–624–2663
Osteoporosis and Asian Americans 800–624–2663
Osteoporosis and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiian Women 800–994–9662
Osteoporosis and Seniors 800–222–2225
(Online only)
Risk Factors
(Check Up On Your Bones web tool)
(Online only)

Do you have osteoporosis or another bone disease? You may be able to help scientists learn more about these conditions. For information about research projects near your home, call the NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center at 800–624–BONE (624–2663) or visit You could make a difference!

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  • 健康、平衡的飲食.
  • 經常運動.
  • 不抽煙或過量飲酒.





  1. 您在45歲之後是否曾經骨折?  ___ 是  ___ 否
  2. 您的母親或父親是否曾經骨折?  ___ 是  ___ 否
  3. 您本人、您的母親或您的父親是否曾經身高減少一英吋或以上?  ___ 是  ___ 否
  4. 您的飲食是否含有較少的奶及乳製品?  ___ 是  ___ 否
  5. 您的身材是否瘦小?  ___ 是  ___ 否
  6. 您每週參加運動是否不到3-5天?  ___ 是  ___ 否
  7. 如果您是女性,您是否已經過了絕經期?  ___ 是  ___ 否
  8. 您是否抽煙?   ___ 是  ___ 否
  9. 您每天是否飲用一至兩份含酒精的飲料?   ___ 是  ___ 否


如需瞭解以下詳情: 請撥免費號碼: 或查閱網站:
運動 800–624–2663
乳糖不耐受症 800–891–5389
絕經期 800–222–2225
營養 800–624–2663
太平洋群島人及夏威夷本土婦女 800–994–9662
骨質疏鬆症與年長者 800–222–2225
(檢查您的骨骼 網上工具)

您是否患有骨質疏鬆症或另一種骨骼疾病?您可能幫助科學家進一步瞭解此類疾病。如需瞭解離您的居所較近的研究項目,請電洽國家衛生院 (NIH) 骨質疏鬆症與相關骨骼疾病 — 國家資源中心(Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center),電話號碼 800-624-BONE (624-2663),或查閱網站。您可以作出重要的貢獻!

NIH Publication No. 12–6465

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center

2 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3676
Phone: 202-223-0344
Toll free: 800-624-BONE (2663)
TTY: 202-466-4315
Fax: 202-293-2356

If you need more information about available resources in your language or another language, contact the NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center at

The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center provides patients, health professionals, and the public with an important link to resources and information on metabolic bone diseases. The mission of NIH ORBD~NRC is to expand awareness and enhance knowledge and understanding of the prevention, early detection, and treatment of these diseases as well as strategies for coping with them.

The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases with contributions from:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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