We are all different: insights from osteoporosis research in Asia


: Swan Sim Yeap, Subang Jaya Medical Centre, 1, Jalan SS 12/1A, Subang Jaya, Selangor, 47500, Malaysia. Email: yeapss@myjaring.net


Osteoporosis only became a ‘disease’ entity in the 20th century. After the initial observations and definitions of osteoporosis based on Caucasian populations, systematic research in Asian populations started in the 1980s. Significant variations between different ethnic groups with respect to the rate of osteoporotic fractures, bone mineral density and disease risk factors emerged from the data; this article highlights some of the earlier important findings and the dissimilarities. Osteoporosis is therefore not a homogeneous disease across the world.