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463 Million People Have Diabetes Globally

The diaTribe Foundation

The diaTribe Foundation was founded with a mission to improve the lives of people with diabetes and prediabetes, and to advocate for action. Learn More »

Why Diabetes?

The Situation

Diabetes is a serious disease, posing one of the largest challenges to our nation: 1 in 7 American adults already have diabetes, and we spend $245 billion on diabetes healthcare every year. On the individual level, diabetes causes extreme human cost and suffering, both for patients and their loved ones. At a population level, we are failing to fight this disease and cannot afford to let the trends continue. 

The Trends

1 in 3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050

Every 8 seconds A person dies from diabetes

693 million people will have diabetes globally by 2045

So why is there no...


We need a political and cultural shift in which reducing the burdens of diabetes, or eliminating the disease entirely, becomes a priority. We need to recognize the importance of the emotional as well as the physical aspects of this condition. We need to hear the voices of over 29 million people with diabetes coming together and saying, “We do not accept the status quo.” 

What Is The diaTribe Foundation?

Our core programs each make a different and important impact on the diabetes community. diaTribe aims to help individuals and caregivers better understand diabetes and to make healthy choices.

Engaging with policy makers, industry leaders, providers, and the public, we advocate for patients, making their voice heard. We elevate the national conversation on diabetes and connect leaders in the field. Learn More »

How we want to help

We believe that one day, we will reach the point at which our country can no longer tolerate the terrible state of diabetes and feels compelled to take action. At The diaTribe Foundation, we want to help make that day happen sooner. 

Our Founder

Who is Kelly Close?

Kelly L. Close is the Founder and Chair of the Board of The diaTribe Foundation and the Editor-in-Chief of diaTribe. Kelly's passion for diabetes comes from her extensive professional work as well as her personal experience as a type 1 patient for nearly 30 years.


Kelly’s musings on the state of diabetes – reacting to breaking news, trends in the field, personal stories from living with diabetes, and what needs to happen to improve the lives of people with diabetes. 

Follow Kelly on Twitter!

Want to get more updates from Kelly? Follow @kellyclose to get her perspectives on real-time happenings in diabetes and share your own thoughts on diabetes with her – she’d love to hear from you. 

What Are Our Top Initiatives?


diaTribe, our patient-focused online publication, seeks to empower our readers with useful, actionable information that gives them hope for a better future, and helps them live happier and healthier lives. Our tag line is “Making Sense of Diabetes.”


We want to help people make sense of diabetes. We want to make the lives of people with diabetes healthier and easier. We want society to wake up to this epidemic and to get serious about tackling it. Are you also upset with the status quo? Join the diaTribe.


There will be no one single solution to diabetes. If one thing is clear, it’s that diabetes 
is an incredibly diverse and complex disease. Together, we focus on collaborative approaches that have potential to generate collective impact. 

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