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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.


January 23, 2020

In a 1950’s study on cultural reactions to physical traits, children were shown images of other children and asked to rank them in order of who they “liked best.” The study participants included children from varying races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and geographical locations. 

January 21, 2020

To many, health and wellness mean eating nutritious foods and exercising. While these are certainly important elements of health, they may not make up the whole picture. At the StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco last week, we heard from Dr. Dean Ornish, President and Founder of ...

December 16, 2019

Nearly half of Americans say they’ve been hit with an unexpected medical bill. Termed “surprise billing,” this concerning phenomenon occurs when a patient is unknowingly treated by an out-of-network healthcare provider, despite being at an in-network hospital...

December 13, 2019

The role of food as sustenance or nutrition for the body is generally understood. However, the role of food in determining chronic health outcomes, both positive and negative, is typically a less familiar concept. Poor diet quality plays a huge role in overweight and obesity, in addition to being linked to cardiovascular disease and certain cancers. In fact, research suggests it’s the number...

December 02, 2019

“What is a chia seed?”

My mom asked me, perplexed by a recipe for chia seed pudding that she came across online. For my Chinese immigrant parents, chia seed is not part of their vocabulary, let alone their pantry. No matter how trendy it is or how many times it’s labeled a “super food,” there is little chance that my parents, and perhaps many other immigrants, would know how to...

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