Vitamin D Status among Women of Different Asian Subgroups Initiating Osteoporosis Therapy

Authors

  • Samantha Ho Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Christina Li Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Malini Chandra Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Joan Lo Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Keywords:

Osteoporosis, Vitamin D, Asian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Ethnicity, Women

Abstract

Among the 1,866 Asian women (901 Filipina women, 654 Chinese women, and 311 Japanese women) who had vitamin D assessment prior to initiation of osteoporosis therapy, Filipina women had a lower prevalence of vitamin D deficiency compared to Chinese women, despite higher body mass index (BMI). In multivariable analyses that adjusted for age, BMI, and smoking status, the relative risk (RR) of low vitamin D was significantly higher for Chinese women (RR 1.4, 95% confidence interval 1.1–1.7) but not for Japanese women (RR 1.2, 95% confidence interval 0.9–1.6). The 40% higher risk of low vitamin D in Chinese women compared to Filipina women emphasizes the importance of disaggregating the Asian race when examining nutritional health attributes.

Published

2023-02-24

How to Cite

Ho, S., Li, C., Chandra, M., & Lo, J. (2023). Vitamin D Status among Women of Different Asian Subgroups Initiating Osteoporosis Therapy. Journal of Asian Health, 3(1). Retrieved from https://journalofasianhealth.org/index.php/jasianh/article/view/30

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Section

Original Research Articles