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
Sweet Life - To reach every individual with diabetes, we offer free diabetes education
and support classes through our Sweet Life program. Current classes focus
on weight, healthy cooking and nutrition management for those with diabetes
and interested in diabetes. The classes are open to anyone.
Upcoming Cooking Demonstrations:
Office Power Lunch & Meals for One - Cooking Demonstration
October 18, 2016 at 5:30pm
No more eating out, learn how to make healthy lunches for work and easy
meals for one.
Modern Management of Hypothyroidism, a talk by Daniel Nadeau, MD
October 4, 2016 at 6pm
Join Daniel Nadeau, MD, Program Director of the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes
Center at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and Dr. Kris V. Iyer Endowed
Chair in Diabetes Care, on October 4th for an in-depth look at hypothyroidism.
In this talk, Dr. Nadeau will review the history of hypothyroidism, present
interesting cases and discuss how patient specific treatment can optimize
energy. He will also talk about managing the condition and the link between
hypothyroidism and diabetes.
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
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:
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.
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: