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Top 10 Social Healthmakers - Diabetes

Social HealthMakers: Diabetes

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, or if you have a loved one who does, you know what a challenge managing diabetes can be. These top experts share their knowledge and personal journeys online, providing information, inspiration and support for those with diabetes or prediabetes.

  • Manny Hernandez - Ask Manny and TuDiabetes

    We started TuDiabetes because we saw that too many people with diabetes were feeling isolated instead of benefiting from the shared experience they could have by connecting to other people touched by diabetes.
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    Manny Hernandez, who has type 1 diabetes, founded the diabetes forums TuDiabetes and EsTuDiabetes in 2007. He hosts his own blog,, and serves as the president of Diabetes Hands Foundation, which connects people touched by diabetes and raises diabetes awareness. Hernandez has published books on social media and Health 2.0 and is a frequent speaker at conferences about diabetes, health and social media.

  • Kelly L. Close - diaTribe

    We are living in a magic time, as we have the knowledge, the medicine, and the technology to bring the diabetes and obesity epidemics under control and to keep people reasonably healthy at a reasonable cost.
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    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 focused on new research and products for people with diabetes. A longtime diabetes advocate, Close sits on the board of directors of the Diabetes Hands Foundation and the Behavioral Diabetes Institute.

  • Mike Hoskins - Diabetes Mine

    I want the world to know that I’m not ‘disadvantaged’ but can do most anything that ‘healthy’ folks can do. If you don’t single me out because of my diabetes and treat me with respect, I will do the same for you.”
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    Mike Hoskins was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of five. A writer for most of his life, Hoskins worked at a statewide legal newspaper for six years before joining Diabetes Mine, a website created by and for diabetes patients. As the managing editor, Hoskins writes feature posts and breaking news and serves as a patient advocate in the diabetes community.

  • Amy Tenderich - Diabetes Mine

    Honestly, this darn disease is such a burden sometimes, I feel we deserve to celebrate every week, month, and fortnight that we manage to enjoy our lives above and beyond blood glucose control.
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    Amy Tenderich is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine, which has become a leading online destination for people living with diabetes. Tenderich also sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Participatory Medicine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes.

  • Kerri Sparling - Six Until Me

    For much of my life, I was the only diabetic I knew. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore.
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    Kerri Sparling, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1986, started Six Until Me in 2005 to chronicle and share her experience of living with diabetes. Sparling is now among the field’s most influential bloggers.

  • David Edelman - Diabetes Daily

    Good diabetes management is the sum of many tiny, regularly repeated actions. So whether you want to lose weight, get more blood sugars in target…or increase your activity level, a little change can go a long way.
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    David Edelman is the co-founder and president of Diabetes Daily, an online support network and education platform that features a diabetes magazine, community forums and an original recipe collection. Diabetes Daily was created with the goals of connecting people with diabetes, facilitating education and promoting advocacy.

  • Riva Greenberg - The Huffington Post & Diabetes Stories

    In many ways diabetes keeps me far healthier than I would be otherwise. It has improved my diet and weight over the years and some would say my daily walking reflects a woman possessed.
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    Riva Greenberg, a blogger for The Huffington Post Healthy Living and the voice behind Diabetes Stories, has lived with type 1 diabetes for 41 years. Greenberg is committed through her research, writing and lectures to help others living with diabetes lead exceptional lives. She is the author of three books on managing diabetes: Diabetes Do’s & How-To’s, 50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It, and The ABCs Of Loving Yourself With Diabetes.

  • Kelly Kunik- Diabetesaliciousness

    I…know firsthand the importance that knowledge, insulin pump therapy, diabetes myth busting, laughter, and exercise play in managing my life with diabetes.
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    Kelly Kunik is the founder and author of Diabetesaliciousness, a blog peppered with her intimate knowledge of living with the disease with the mission of inspiring diabetes validation through humor, ownership and advocacy. Kunik was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was eight years old.

  • Leighann Calentine - D-Mom Blog

    Our family doesn’t necessarily live for the cure, though we do believe in living a great life with diabetes.
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    Leighann Calentine is the co-founder and principle author of D-Mom Blog, a website about parenting children living with type 1 diabetes. Calentine and her daughter share their experiences through writing, photos and videos. Calentine is the author of the book Kids First, Diabetes Second.

  • Diane Kress, RD, CDE - Diane Kress Blog

    The education about the diagnosis is VERY important. Knowledge is power.
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    Diane Kress is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and New York Times bestselling author who lives with type 2 diabetes. She is the author of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle, and was named Top 10 Dietitian of the Year 2013 by Today’s Dietitian Magazine. Kress regularly blogs about living with diabetes and hosts Miracle-Ville, the interactive subscription site for followers of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle programs.

Quick Quiz on Diabetes

Diabetes Quiz

Which of the following is the number one complication of diabetes?

  • a) Heart disease
  • b) Stroke
  • c) Nerve damage
  • d) All of the above

Find out in our quiz, “Diabetes 101”