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Tom Karlya

Medford, NY

About Tom Karlya

Tom Karlya, Vice President of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, is known throughout the diabetes community as Diabetes Dad. He's the creator/author of; a daily syndicated column. His daughter, Kaitlyn, was diagnosed at age 2 in 1992. In 2009, his son Rob was also diagnosed, at age 13. Tom has been introduced to the NY State Capitol, testified in Washington, D.C., and has lectured globally about being a DiabetesDad. With Kim May, a dMom from Texas, he created the website and FB page;, a grassroots effort spreading awareness about the detection/understanding of t1 diabetes. He received numerous commendations for his work in the Diabetes Community from Hurricane Katrina to advocacy initiatives by Children With Diabetes, dLife, The American Association of Diabetes Educators and The LIONs Club International to name just a few. For 12 years, as an actor, he starred in the New York Production of Tony 'N Tina's Wedding and also at The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., in Summer of the 17th Doll. His film, lbs., was at the Sundance Film Festival, and he appeared in Unsolved Mysteries, Spin City, The Cosby Show, NYPD Blue, Law and Order, America's Most Wanted, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, and numerous commercials. He has won 13 Telly Awards, a FREDDIE Award, and was nominated for an Emmy Award while Executive Producer of dLife on CNBC. His mantra; just "Don't do Nothing", is well known throughout the diabetes community has lectured internationally about staying positive in a diabetes world; and his efforts are tireless for 'anything diabetes'.

Recent blog posts from Tom Karlya

Friends for Life: A Place Where No One Feels Alone, for Just about a Week

There are few gatherings that I know of like the Children with Diabetes’ (CWD) Friends for Life (FFL) Conference, which took place earlier this month (July) in Orlando,

Ryan Reed and T1D, Both Share the Seat but Only One Drives

I recently had the honor of meeting NASCAR race driver Ryan Reed.

Never Done Learning...Ever

Does this scenario sound familiar?

Waiting too Long May be too Long to Wait

I have read much lately throughout the diabetes community about insurance companies and what gets covered and what doesn't.

A Letter to our Lawmakers about OUR Healthcare

Dear Lawmakers of the United States,

Healthcare. Say the word and it sends shivers down the spine of most people.

Goodbye 2016: Another Year Without a Cure for Diabetes

It seemed like the elevator took forever to get to the top floor. 2016 felt nervous about the year end review.

Halloween and Diabetes Can Be Boo-tiful Together

Diabetes dad Tom Karlya says it's possible to have a Happy Halloween even when your child has diabetes. Here, his best parenting tips.

DiabetesDad Becomes a Granddad, but Will He Also Become a DiabetesGranddad?

My kids are grownups. They are ages 29, 26, and 21. And, as many know—the two youngest have type 1 diabetes. They've had diabetes for a combined total of over 30 years. Sucks, yeah I know.

Going for the Diabetes Gold Medal

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Olympics. Huge. I love that the world can come together and compete in sports, despite the various states of chaos going on around the globe.

A Community Cannot Stand...Without Each Member

Diabetes advocate and blogger Tom Karlya on what we all can learn from the recent tragedy in Orlando.

It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint. The Pace is Your Choice!!!!

What does ‘I've been at this a long time’, mean to you?  Recently my son moved out of the house meaning for the first time in 28 years, I have no children living at home.

Getting Involved: It's Only as Hard as YOU Make it

Maybe its been a few months, or even years, since diabetes became the ‘new normal’ in your house.

The 'Hill' is Not Hard to Climb...It's the Knowing You Must Learn

I love the process of government. Next to talking about entertainment (movies and the theatre), little excites me more that discussing government.

When the Impossible Becomes the Possible

Third post in a 3-part series

Did 2015 Deliver Enough for People Living with Diabetes?

"Please come in and sit down 2015, let's chat," said The BossKnowing his reputation as someone who didn't waste time—or have time for people who did—2015 sat down and swallowed hard.

Diabetes and Driving: Don't Get Caught in the Dark

Diabetes dad Tom Karla on being safe at night before getting behind the wheel.

Diabetes Advocacy: Is The Issue Just TOO Big??

I’m always fascinated by the notion of an issue needing to be addressed. Someone says, ‘This just will not do…..’ and they begin the process of change.
More from Tom's blog "The Diabetes Advocate"

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Speakers' Bureau
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Children with Diabetes
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