SOURCE: AACE

February 21, 2008 16:47 ET

AACE Endorses National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) New Clinician's Guide for the Prevention and Treatment of Low Bone Mass and Osteoporosis

JACKSONVILLE, FL--(Marketwire - February 21, 2008) - The National Osteoporosis Foundation today released its new "Clinician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis" which represents a new era for healthcare providers in the evaluation and treatment of people with low bone mass or osteoporosis.

The Clinician's Guide was developed by an expert committee of the NOF collaborating with a multi-specialty council of experts in the field of bone health, including reviewers from AACE. The AACE guidelines on post-menopausal osteoporosis are being updated for a projected release later in 2008.

"AACE commends the efforts of the NOF in developing and publishing these clinical guidelines and strongly endorses them," AACE President Richard Hellman, MD, FACP, FACE said. "The recommendations apply a new algorithm on absolute fracture risk released by the World Health Organization (WHO) that represents a significant improvement in the quality of risk assessment and treatment of osteoporosis and will assist clinicians in managing osteoporosis."

According to Bess Dawson-Hughes, M.D., chair of the Clinician's Guide Development Committee and past president of NOF, the new guide: "dramatically alters the approach to assessing fracture and risk treatment. It provides evidence-based recommendations to help healthcare providers better identify people at high risk for developing osteoporosis and fractures and assures that those at highest risk are recommended for treatment to lower that risk."

Additional Resources:

To view the official NOF press release, click http://www.nof.org/news/pressreleases/Clinician_Guide_release.htm

To view the NOF web page of the New Clinician's Guide, click http://www.nof.org/professionals/Clinicians_Guide.htm

About AACE

AACE is a professional medical organization with 6,000 members in the United States and 85 other countries. Founded in 1991, AACE is dedicated to the optimal care of patients with endocrine problems. AACE Clinical Endocrinologists' advanced, specialized training enables them to be experts in the care of endocrine disease, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders, growth hormone deficiency, osteoporosis, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. For further information about AACE visit www.aace.com.

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