Free peer support groups are held on a regular basis for patients with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes, to provide them with the opportunity to share their challenges and successes with others like themselves in a comfortable setting.

Type 2 Diabetes Support Group - 3rd Thursday of every month: 3-4 p.m.

Did you know stress and anxiety can impact how you manage your diabetes? The Allen Diabetes Center offers a peer support group so you don’t have to face diabetes alone. This support group will connect you to others who understand what you are going through and give you the opportunity to share your triumphs and challenges. If you need support from a certified diabetes educator, please call to schedule a class or appointment with one of our certified diabetes educators.

Please note, this is not a diabetes education class, this is a support group for those affected by type 2 diabetes. If you are interested in diabetes educations classes please call 949-764-8065.

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T1D Emerging Adult Support Group - Quarterly Thursdays: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Managing the day to day demands of diabetes while also juggling the complexities surrounding young adulthood can be quite stressful. Participate in our T1D Emerging Adult group to meet others who are going through similar experiences, receive emotional support and learn ways to manage your diabetes more effectively. These peer groups will tackle a variety of important topics like stress management, enhancing 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.

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In partnership with the PADRE Foundation, the Allen Diabetes Center will offer the following events. All sessions are facilitated by a clinical social worker and will be held from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Youth leaders will be available to tend to children who do not want to participate in the discussion. Dinner will be provided. To RSVP, call the PADRE Foundation at 714-509-8330 or email [email protected]


*Two tracks: (1) Parents (2) Youth / Young Adult Developing healthy coping skills is essential to living a healthy life and tolerating the many stressors that come our way. Come learn more about stress, depression, anxiety and tools you can utilize to model stress management to your child. The youth group will focus on a discussion of healthy coping skills and how to implement them.


How can we advocate so our children remain safe and healthy at school? What are my rights in making sure my child has an equal opportunity to education as his peers? An expert from ADA will discuss the different rights, accommodations and how to advocate for children living with T1D while at school.

*Two tracks: (1) Parents (2) Youth / Young Adult The last session in the series will aid parents & caretakers in empowering their children to emphasize their strengths outside of living with T1D and support them with issues such as bullying. The youth group will discuss self-empowerment, how to not feel defined by their diagnosis, and how to deal when issues with peers arise.