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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.


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...

November 20, 2019

Continuous glucose monitoring coverage varies widely by state Medicaid program – check out our guide on who’s covered and where

In California, a staggering 25% of the population is covered under Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP),...

November 04, 2019

Since 2009, smaller food startups have taken $18 billion worth of sales from the top 25 U.S. food and beverage companies. Simultaneously, the Organic Trade Association reported that organic food sales have more...

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...

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