Osteoporosis International

, Volume 6, Supplement 3, pp 19–23

The epidemiology of hip fracture in Asia: An update

  • E. M. C. Lau

DOI: 10.1007/BF01623759

Cite this article as:
Lau, E.M.C. Osteoporosis Int (1996) 6(Suppl 3): 19. doi:10.1007/BF01623759


1. The incidence of hip fracture is increasing in urbanized parts of Asia.

2. The incidence of hip fracture in Asian populations is still only 60% of that in Caucasians.

3. The lower incidence of hip fracture in Asian populations is not due to a higher bone mineral density, but may be due to a shorter hip axis length.

4. A low dietary calcium intake, lack of physical activity and falls are important risk factors for hip fracture in Chinese.

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© European Foundation for Osteoporosis 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. M. C. Lau
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Community and Family MedicineThe Chinese University of Hong KongChina

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