Hot Topics in Bone Disease in 2017: Building Better Bones

This online enduring material is a reproduction of the live session that was held at the 2017 AACE Annual Meeting in Austin, TX.

Target Audience

All physicians and allied health professionals interested in the study, diagnosis, and treatment of endocrine-related diseases

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the controversy surrounding calcium supplementation and be able to make common sense‐based recommendations regarding calcium intake
  • Appreciate the controversy surrounding definitions of vitamin D insufficiency and understand its potential impact on bone and muscle
  • Recognize the importance of protein intake for older adults to minimize sarcopeni 
  • Become familiar with the relationship of diabetes to fracture risk
  • Understand how to assess fracture risk in patients with diabetes
  • Describe mechanisms of increased fracture risk 
  • Define the actions of anti‐remodeling and anabolic agents
  • Understand the differences in mechanisms of action of the types of anabolic therapy
  • Position the use of anabolic agents appropriately
  • Discuss the use of antiresorptive agents in breast cancer patients at high risk for fracture, particularly those receiving aromatase inhibitor therapy
  • Assess the indication for denosumab as an adjuvant agent in breast cancer
  • Discuss the use of anabolic (teriparatide) therapy in orthopedic spinal fusion surgery.
  • Assess the efficacy of anabolic (teriparatide) therapy on fracture healing, to include atypical femoral fractures. 
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Practice Area: 
Parathyroid & Bone
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AMA
  • 4.00 Attendance
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The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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Date of Original Release: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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Available Credit

  • 4.00 AMA
  • 4.00 Attendance

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