CHICAGO — The American Association of Diabetes Educators supported new legislation that was passed in the state of Kentucky that required licensure for all diabetes educators.
The licensing requirement, AADE said, will demonstrate and communicate a standard of care and ensure that people have an appropriate comfort level and respect for the discipline.
The bill was signed by Kentucky state governor Steve Beshear on Wednesday.
"Ultimately, we think that this law will make it easier for people with diabetes to get the information they need to effectively manage their disease," said Martha Rinker, AADE's chief advocacy officer. "Diabetes education has been proven to mitigate the severe complications that are associated with diabetes."
The AADE is advocating for licensure in all 50 states.