AACE Joins IOF in Support of World Osteoporosis Day 2019

IOF thanks the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) for their participation in this year's World Osteoporosis Day campaign, and for their important endorsement of the IOF Global Patient Charter.

It's a fact: endocrinologists play a crucial role in the prevention, diagnosis and management of osteoporosis. With this in mind, IOF was delighted to see the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) commitment to osteoporosis awareness on World Osteoporosis Day 2019 and to receive their endorsement of IOF's Global Patient Charter. The AACE is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world, with more than 6,500 members. A majority of AACE members are certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism and concentrate on the treatment of patients with endocrine and metabolic disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, osteoporosis, growth hormone deficiency, cholesterol disorders, hypertension and obesity. 

World Osteoporosis Day campaign

The AACE issued a press release issued on October 15 via PRNewswire, and issued social media messages and communications to the AACE membership. This was all part of  an outreach campaign which has helped to put the spotlight on osteoporosis among the endocrinology community and the public at large.

In the AACE release, IOF President Cyrus Cooper underlined the important role that endocrinologists can play in the fight against osteoporosis and fragility fractures:

Endocrinologists are uniquely placed to identify and treat high-risk patients, which often include long-term users of glucocorticoids or patients affected by diabetes, hyperthyroidism and a host of other endocrine disorders. We urge the healthcare community to make osteoporosis and fracture prevention a top priority in their daily practice." 

In her statement, Dr. Sandra Weber, president of AACE reminded the public that healthy lifestyle plays a role in improving bone health:

Activities such as eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and minimizing smoking and alcohol can promote healthy bones and can be done throughout your life. It's never too early or too late to adopt healthy habits for osteoporosis prevention."

As well, the press release called on men and women over 50 to take the IOF Risk Check and consult an endocrinologist if they experience any of the warning signs of osteoporosis.

Endorsement of IOF Global Patient Charter

In time for World Osteoporosis Day, the AACE has joined close to 100 organizations worldwide in endorsing the IOF Global Patient Charter, an important advocacy tool that calls for four key patient rights: diagnosis, patient care, patient voice and support. This endorsement reflects the AACE's comitment to enhancing the ability of its members to provide the highest quality of patient care.

Thank you AACE!