Living with diabetes

Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program (DCVRRP)

The Department of Clinical Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism offers a comprehensive, one-year medical, nutritional and behavioral management program aimed at reducing obesity associated health risks.  This is achieved through safe and consistent weight reduction of high-risk patients who are at least 30% or 50 pounds above ideal body weight and have one or more of the following medical problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, heart disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, disabling joint disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and/or breast cancer one-year after completion of therapy. In addition to losing weight, many patients who complete the program are able to discontinue or reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes medications.

For more information, please contact us at 626-218-2251.

Diabetes Education Program

Research clearly shows that complications of diabetes can, in many cases, be prevented if proper education and treatment are given soon after diagnosis.  For this reason, City of Hope's Department of Clinical Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism is dedicated to educating and helping people with diabetes manage and take control of their disease.  The adult Diabetes Education Program is accredited by the American Diabetes Association. Participants learn:

  • Proper diet, exercise and lifestyle changes to help manage diabetes
  • Latest advances in diabetes research and treatment
  • Information to gain a better understanding of the disease, empowering each person to take control of their disease by learning self-management skills

You may be referred by your primary care physician or refer yourself by calling City of Hope.  You can also contact the diabetes nurse educator at 626-218-2251 with any questions and/or to obtain a current schedule of classes.

Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center

Our patients are also encouraged to take advantage of the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, which offers a wide array of support and educational services. Patients and loved ones may work with a coordinated group of social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, patient navigators and spiritual care providers at the center, as well as participate in programs such as music therapy, meditation and many others.

Learn more about these resources at our Supportive Care Medicine site.