An in-the-trenches group of communicators with diabetes, these impressive and inspirational men and women reach across multiple online channels—including Twitter, blogs, forums, mainstream news and video—to influence diabetes conversations online. That's why they're Sharecare | Now's Top 10 Online Influencers:

  • http://www.diabetesmine.com


    Diagnosed with Type 1 in May 2003, Amy Tenderich is founder and editor of DiabetesMine.com, VP and chief patient advocate at Alliance Health Networks, Editorial Board member of the Journal of Participatory Medicine and co-author of the book, Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes.

  • http://www.sixuntilme.com


    Kerri Sparling, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986, began Six Until Me in May 2005 and is now among the field's most influential bloggers. She is also a member of the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy Advisory Board.

  • http://www.diaTribe.us


    Kelly L. Close has had type 1 diabetes for nearly 25 years. She is president of Close Concerns, Inc., a healthcare information firm focused on diabetes and obesity, as well as editor-in-chief of diaTribe, a monthly online newsletter on diabetes research and products.

  • http://www.tudiabetes.org


    Manny Hernandez, who has type 1 diabetes, founded the diabetes social networks TuDiabetes.org and EsTuDiabetes.org in 2007. He hosts his own blog at AskManny.com, and serves as president of Diabetes Hands Foundation.

  • http://www.d-mom.com/


    Leighann Calentine is the founder and principle author of D-Mom Blog (D-Mom is online shorthand for being the mother of a child who has diabetes), and founder of D-Mom and D-Dad Connection, a social networking site for parents of children with diabetes. Her 7-year-old daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008.

  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/riva-greenberg


    Riva Greenberg, a blogger for HuffingtonPost.com, has lived with type 1 diabetes for 39 years. She is the author of two books: The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes and 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life: And the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It, and a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.


  • http://diabetesaliciousness.blogspot.com


    Kelly Kunik is founder and author of Diabetesaliciousness, sits on an advisory board for Roche Pharmaceuticals and is a member of the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy Advisory Board. Kelly has had type 1 for more than 30 years and uses her sense of humor to help herself and others copes with the disease.

  • http://www.diabetes.about.com


    Elizabeth Woolley is a patient advocate and writer who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1993. She manages the Type 2 Diabetes Guide on About.com. Woolley also started DiabeticMommy.com in 2001 after a pregnancy that opened her eyes to the importance of diabetes education.

  • http://www.textingmypancreas.com


    Kim Vlasnik is founder of the blog, Texting My Pancreas, and the You Can Do This Project community of videos for people with diabetes. She is also a member of the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy Advisory Board. She has had type 1 diabetes since she was six years old.

  • http://www.scottsdiabetes.com


    Scott Johnson began writing about diabetes in 1980 when he was diagnosed with type 1, and launched his blog, Scott's Diabetes, in 2004. He is also a member of the Diabetes Social Media Advocacy Advisory Board.

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How is influence measured?

We measure influence based on an individual's online reach, relevance and syndication, as well as that of his or her outlets. Our algorithm considers the content (articles, blog posts, tweets, videos, etc.) that this person creates across multiple channels over the past year, and then analyzes it against more than 40 distinct metrics.