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The DX Diabetes Dish: Kelly Close

The passionate life of diabetes expert living with T1

Kelly Close, who has lived with type 1 diabetes for more than twenty-five years, is president of Close Concerns, Inc., a healthcare information firm exclusively focused on diabetes and obesity. Close is also editor in chief of diaTribe, a monthly online newsletter about new research and products for people living with diabetes. Close and her colleagues attend over forty global diabetes and obesity conferences and study key medical literature in the field. Kelly is widely viewed as an expert on diabetes and obesity – she is a frequent speaker on the public health implications of these conditions – and is a tireless supporter of patients. She lives in San Francisco with her children Coco, Lola, and Valentino, and husband, John, with whom she runs Close Concerns. Kelly took some time out of her very busy schedule to dish with The DX. 

What is your state of mind today?

Happy, ambitious, concerned.

What three words would you use to describe who you are?

Happy, ambitious, concerned.

Why is diabetes your passion?

There is SO much to share about all the incredible things happening in diabetes today and I love working at the intersection of what interests me most – diabetes, public health, and writing.

What talent do you most wish you had?


If you didn’t work in diabetes, what would you do?

I’ve often wondered that! I know I’d be working in life sciences, as this field is so compelling.

What do you appreciate most in your friends?

Their thoughtfulness, intelligence, encouragement, and deep care.

What would you pack for your favorite vacation?

My hiking boots.

What’s in your refrigerator right now?

Insulin, salmon, homemade sparkling water, apricots from our tree, green beans the kids just picked, blueberries we bought but would loved to have picked, dark chocolate hidden away for dark days, lots of fruit, raw milk.

What are your favorite ways to relieve stress?

Look at art, hang with Johnny, my husband, pick up one of our kids, eat steak.

What is your idea of happiness?

Feeling great in my own two shoes.

What do you most dislike?


What words do you try to live by? 

“One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter.” –
Francoise Sagan

What is your greatest extravagance?

Books. Books. Books. Children’s thrift shops.

Do you have a favorite character from the books you own?

Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird.

On what occasion do you lie?

About what time I went to bed.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

More chill. More together.

Who are your heroes in real life?

From family to all my Close Concerns associates (past, present, future) and beyond … I could go on a long time! So many people inspire me and I learn from so many people every single day.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My husband, Johnny.

All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the interviewee and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.

© 2013 The DX: The Diabetes Experience

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  1. Moira
    December 1st, 2013, 11:44 AM

    Kelly is truly the bomb-diggity of the DOC. We are all the better thanks to her.