Skeletal Racial Differences
Fracture rates and bone density levels differ in people of different racial groups. Previous investigations have revealed potential racial differences in body composition and skeletal size and structure, which may play a role in determining fracture risk. In addition, racial differences in calcium intake, vitamin D status, and bone metabolism have been reported. This chapter provides an overview of the racial differences that can have an impact on the skeleton. In this chapter, the terms African American and black, and Caucasian and white, are used interchangeably.