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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.


March 01, 2019

A group of obesity experts was recently tasked with writing a report to address the obesity epidemic. Instead, the authors produced a 56-page document emphasizing the interconnectedness of obesity with undernutrition and global climate change. The commission argues that these three...

February 21, 2019

Certain older adults with type 2 diabetes can safely switch from analogue to human insulin, a new study suggests. After implementing a new formulary to encourage use of lower-cost human insulin, the average A1C among Medicare Advantage enrollees increased by 0.14%. For reference, a “clinically meaningful”...

January 30, 2019

Brandon was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was five years old in Bolivia. At the time, he was not receiving adequate care, and his parents worried about the cost of managing his diabetes. Brandon’s mom eventually found Dr. Elizabeth Duarte at the local Life for a Child center, and she connected her with the resources she needed to keep Brandon healthy. Brandon is now a dental student,...

January 19, 2019

The US government shutdown is now the longest in history.  Unfortunately,  a number of cases have come to light in which government employees with diabetes have been forced to ration their insulin and...

December 28, 2018

Seventy percent of adults in the United States currently use social media, up from only 5% in 2005. Over the past decade, millions of Americans have adopted social media and use it as a primary mode of connecting, learning, and sharing....

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