Meet Our Top Ten

Top Ten Social Healthmakers: Diabetes

These top diabetes experts provide inspiration and support.

1 / 11 Meet Our Top Ten

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

2 / 11 Manny Hernandez

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

3 / 11 Kelly L. Close

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

4 / 11 Mike Hoskins

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

5 / 11 Amy Tenderich

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.

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Kerri Sparling

6 / 11 Kerri Sparling

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.

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David Edelman

7 / 11 David Edelman

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.


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Riva Greenberg

8 / 11 Riva Greenberg

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.


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Kelly Kunik

9 / 11 Kelly Kunik

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.

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Leighann Calentine

10 / 11 Leighann Calentine

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.


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Diane Kress, RD, CDE

11 / 11 Diane Kress, RD, CDE

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.


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