Diabetes Education & Support

Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME/DSMT)

We offer a series of diabetes self-management classes or individual appointments if required. Participants in these programs learn to live successfully with diabetes by managing diet, physical activity and medications, all of which will help avoid complications and lead a healthier life. Initial class topics include blood glucose monitoring, exercise guidelines, medication management, insulin instruction and insulin pump training, if needed. More advanced topics include prevention of complications, dining out, sick-day guidelines and carbohydrate counting. The Allen Diabetes Center also offers specialized classes for patients with kidney impairment. A physician referral is required for these services.

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) - Education of diabetes nutrition-related topics, including carbohydrate counting, nutrition management while traveling or dining out and special nutrition needs for those with diabetes. Individual appointments are also available as needed. A physician referral is required for this service.
  • Insulin Pump Instruction - We provide assistance to the patient as he/she learns to use the insulin pump. Classes and individual appointments are offered. Several appointments are usually necessary until the patient is confident in the day-to-day management of the insulin pump. Physician referral is required for this service.
  • Continuous Glucose Monitor Sensor Instruction - Continuous glucose monitoring sensors (CGMS) provide the ability to monitor blood sugars around the clock and set alarms to indicate dangerously high and low blood sugar levels. We offer CGMS training with a Physician referral.

For health education classes, medical nutrition therapy, insulin instruction, or medical consultation by an endocrinologist, please have your healthcare provider complete this form.

Diabetes Events

Sweet Life Cooking Demonstrations:

From Farm to Table - Cooking Demonstration
Learn the benefits of using local sourced foods can have on your health and see how to prepare colorful and tasty dishes made with fresh fruits and vegetables.
February 21, 2017 at 5:30pm


T1D Young Adult Support Group
Managing the day to day demands of diabetes and juggling the different aspects that come with young adulthood can be stressful. Join our T1D Young Adult group to meet others who are going through similar experiences and to receive emotional and educational support. Different group themes will include stress management, enhancing your relationships through better communication, mindfulness, and how to set attainable health and well-being goals. Come meet new people, share experiences, realistic tips and new tools to assist you in living a balanced life.
Quarterly Thursdays: 6-7p

Type 2 Diabetes Support Group
Join our Type 2 Diabetes support group and meet other people who understand what you are going through. The group focus is to share experiences, tips and create new networks to expand your support system. Learn new tools from the group facilitator to help you manage stress and further assist you in reaching your health and well-being goals. Come experience encouragement, understanding, and the opportunity to empower not only yourself, but others as well.
3rd Thursday of every month 3-4pm


The Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center works closely with local universities, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers to develop new methods & technologies for treating diabetes effectively.

Daniel Nadeau, M.D., Program Director of the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital Memorial Presbyterian and Dr. Kris V. Iyer Endowed Chair in Diabetes Care, is the principal investigator for two new diabetes trials at Hoag Medical Group.

Type 1 Diabetes Trial

Hoag Medical is enrolling patients with type 1 diabetes in a new clinical trial. The onset®8 is a clinical research trial evaluating a new investigational faster-acting insulin to see if it can provide improved blood glucose control in adults with type 1 diabetes.

Patients may be eligible to join the study if they:

  • Are 18 years of age or older
  • Have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes for at least 1 year
  • Are currently treated with both meal time insulin and long-acting insulin
  • Have an HbA1c between 7.0-9.5%

What are the benefits of being involved in the onset®8 trial?

  • Comprehensive care, including regular health checks and medical testing
  • Access to trial medication and blood glucose testing equipment
  • You may be compensated for your time and travel

Type 2 Diabetes Trial

Hoag Medical Group is currently enrolling patients in a study to evaluate the effect of Farxiga on blood glucose level and renal safety in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and reduced kidney function. Farxiga is approved by the US FDA for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, but not approved by the FDA for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in people with moderate renal disease. The purpose of this study is to find out if Farxiga is effective in decreasing blood glucose level, body weight and blood pressure, when it is added to existing diabetes therapy and whether it causes any side effects in adult patients with moderate renal disease (renal impairment) with Type 2 diabetes mellitus, who are not currently in good glucose control.

Patients may be eligible to join the study if they:

  • Have a history of Type 2 diabetes mellitus for more than 12 months
  • Female or male aged ≥18 years and <75 years
  • Have an HbA1c ≥ 7.0% and ≤ 11%
  • Have renal impairment with an eGFR 40-65 mL/minute/1.73m2

For more information or to schedule a study appointment please call the HMG Research Department at 949-791-3049.

Diabetes Study involving Women with Gestational Diabetes

The research team at the Mary & Dick Allen Center recently received ethics board approval to conduct its first study involving women with gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) could develop during pregnancy and is characterized by persistent high blood glucose (BG) levels in the patient. Unmanaged high BG levels can increase the risk of various health complications for both the mother and the growing baby. Women diagnosed with GDM are also at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The overall prevalence of GDM is around 9% in the US however, certain ethnic groups (e.g. Latinos, Asians, and African Americans) are at a significantly higher risk compared to others.

The research team led by Dr. Harsimran Singh will undertake systematic review of medical records of women with diagnosed with GDM to identify various demographic and clinical factors that may pose as risk factors for GDM in women from different ethnic groups. Subsequently, interviews will be conducted with a randomly selected sample of women representing different ethnicities to improve our understanding of patients’ experiences of GDM, its management, and factors that may improve its management.

For more information about the study, please contact:

Dr. Harsimran “Sim” Singh at (949)764-7357 or email: [email protected]

Mental Health Support

Individuals who receive a new diagnosis of diabetes often have tremendous difficulty coping with this news. As part of Diabetes Self Management Education/Training [DSME/DSMT] the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center provides mental health support by licensed clinical social workers with extensive experience in providing assistance to people with diabetes. Contact the center to make an appointment.

Community Outreach

The Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center collaborates with a wide array of community-based partner organizations to meet the special diabetes-related health care needs among vulnerable and under-served groups: