from the editor
In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month and the spirit of gratitude and the holidays, I wanted to express how thankful I am for all of our wonderful readers and the entire diaTribe family. I also want to announce some very exciting news about the future of diaTribe. Recently, we founded The diaTribe Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people affected by diabetes and prediabetes and advocating for action. We received our 501c3 status last Friday! One of our important goals is to ensure that diaTribe continues to be available to all of our readers for free and with the most up-to-date information – John and I and the diatribe team have been committed to this from the start.
As some of you know, I began diaTribe in 2006 as a self-funded eight-page quarterly newsletter to bring patients the latest research and product news. We moved to monthly publishing in 2010, with 24-plus pages each issue, and we are proud of our growth. We wanted to build on what we have accomplished, so we decided to start The diaTribe Foundation to allow us raise funds and to add more resources to improve the publication. As the Foundation grows, we will explore new programs that will help people with diabetes and prediabetes achieve happier and healthier lives. More on that soon!
Thank you so much to many of you who helped us when we asked for your perspective and advice earlier this year on diaTribe. I was thrilled to see the results of our reader survey: 95% said diaTribe helped them learn more about diabetes research and product news; 82% thought our content helped them have better informed conversations with their health care providers; 64% believed diaTribe helped them improve their diabetes management; and 42% even said that diaTribe helped improve their A1c. We’re aiming to do more of this in the year ahead and were so helped by many specific suggestions from you.
If you would like to help us expand the scope of the Foundation, you can make a tax-deductible gift by clicking here or on the donate button on the website. Gifts of any size to our new nonprofit will be so greatly appreciated.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions about the Foundation, and you can keep up with our emails and newsletter by signing up at www.diatribe.org/user/register. We really do believe that education is essential for the management of diabetes, and we are proud of what diaTribe has accomplished to date. With your help, we are confident we will be able to bring diaTribe to more people and make an even bigger impact in the future.
Kelly L. Close