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Pre-menopausal South Asian women at risk of developing osteoporosis in later life, study suggests

Pre-menopausal South Asian women could be more at risk of developing osteoporosis in later life than white caucasian women, a new study suggests.
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Pre-menopausal South Asian women could be more at risk of developing osteoporosis in later life than white caucasian women, a new study suggests.

University of Surrey researchers looked at bone resportion the breakdown of bone tissue by osteoclast cells in more than 370 pre and post-menopausal South Asian and white caucasian women in the UK.

The women were monitored over 12 months and researchers measured levels of urinary N terminal telopeptide, a by-product of bone resorption found in urine.

More susceptible

The study, which was published in journal Bone, revealed that pre-menopausal South Asian women had higher levels of the by-product in their urine than their white caucasian counterparts, indicating elevated levels of bone resorption.

Bone resorption is a natural

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Pre-menopausal South Asian women could be more at risk of developing osteoporosis in later life than white caucasian women, a new study suggests.


South Asian women who were pre-menopausal were found to have higher
levels of urinary N terminal telopeptide. Picture: iStock

University of Surrey researchers looked at bone resportion – the breakdown of bone tissue by osteoclast cells – in more than 370 pre and post-menopausal South Asian and white caucasian women in the UK.

The women were monitored over 12 months and researchers measured levels of urinary N terminal telopeptide, a by-product of bone resorption found in urine.

More susceptible 

The study, which was published in journal Bone, revealed that pre-menopausal South Asian women had higher levels of the by-product in their urine than their white caucasian counterparts, indicating elevated levels of bone resorption.

Bone resorption is a natural process which allows the bone to adapt itself to challenges and repair damage.

The study indicates that osteoclast cells in pre-menopausal South Asian women might be breaking down bones at a quicker rate than they are being reformed, making these women more susceptible to osteoporosis and fractures in later life.


Darling A L et al (2017) Higher bone resorption excretion in South Asian women vs. White Caucasians and increased bone loss with higher seasonal cycling of vitamin D: Results from the D-FINES cohort study. Bone. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S8756328217300704

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