Knowledge is Power

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has been hard at work developing new guidelines for a variety of conditions. These include lipid disorders, such as high cholesterol, and menopause. Here are some highlights from the guidelines and what you need to know.

CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR THE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF MENOPAUSE

In December 2011, AACE issued new Medical Guidelines for Clinical Practice for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Menopause. Approximately 35 million women in the US are over 50 years of age, and a large majority will experience symptoms of estrogen deficiency which impact their quality of life. The AACE Menopause Guidelines provide the most current, evidence-based recommendations for the use of hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, sweating and insomnia. AACE’s Menopause Guidelines are consistent with FDA recommended indications, which support hormone replacement therapy for the treatment of moderate to severe menopausal symptoms.

CLINCIAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF LIPID CONDITIONS

In March 2012, AACE issued new Guidelines for the Management of Dyslipidemia and Prevention of Atherosclerosis. Dyslipidemia (high cholesterol) and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) are both conditions that can be complications of diabetes, obesity and other metabolic conditions. The new guidelines include expanded sections on dyslipidemia in diabetes, lipid disorders in women, dyslipidemia in children and recommendations for medical nutrition therapy and physical activity.

For more information about these guidelines, visit www.aace.com. Stay tuned!

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