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Kelly L. Close is the founder and Chair of the Board of The diaTribe Foundation. Since 2006, she has been the Editor-in-Chief of diaTribe, our free website focused on making people with diabetes healthier and happier and advocating for action. Since 2002, she has also run Close Concerns, a healthcare information firm exclusively focused on diabetes and obesity. Each year Kelly and her colleagues attend over 50 scientific, regulatory, and economic conferences around the world, focused on diabetes and obesity. 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.


October 14, 2019

Employers pay for their employees’ healthcare both directly and indirectly. They pay for it directly through their health plans, and they pay for it indirectly through absenteeism and diminished productivity when employees are sick and inadequately treated. Consequently, a good health plan is vital for both employers and employees alike.

As the largest private-sector employer in the...

September 12, 2019

In 2018, we wrote about Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act and how it is benefiting people across the...

September 03, 2019

Taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) – or more popularly known as soda taxes – are an increasingly popular public health measure aimed at reducing consumption of sugary beverages such as non-diet sodas, flavored juices, sports drinks, and sweetened tea. According to Harvard’s T.H. Chan...

August 19, 2019

In 2013, we first wrote about the promise of metformin for delaying or preventing the progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. Since then, while the number of Americans with prediabetes has increased from 79 million to over 84 million (one in three US adults), the FDA has not approved metformin for prediabetes...

August 01, 2019

Many people with diabetes rely on medications and devices for their entire lives. For people with high-deductible insurance plans, this means there is no reprieve from costly spending on insulin, glucose monitors, and other therapies and technologies just to survive. In these situations, patients use their own funds (often from a health savings account, where money saved for medical expenses...

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