Are Caucasian and Asian women the only ones at risk for osteoporosis?
A. No. African American and Latino women have a lower, yet significant risk. For instance, 10% of African American women over age 50 have osteoporosis; an additional 30% have low bone density that puts them at risk for developing osteoporosis. Between 80-95% of fractures in African American women over age 64 are due to osteoporosis. Approximately 13-16% of Mexican American women have osteoporosis. Between 36-49% of Mexican American women age 50 and older have experienced significant loss of bone density.