Research and Advocacy

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We work on several fronts to change the future of diabetes care, from testing innovative medications and devices to developing preventive strategies that stop diabetes from developing.

Backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we are a study site on the benefits of Vitamin D on diabetes prevention. In addition, we are in our 12th year in the LookAHEAD study, an Intensive Lifestyle Intervention focused on weight loss achieved through healthy eating and increased physical activity in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes. We have been able to contrubute contribute to these major national studies by enrolling residents from the Latino resident population we serve at Roybal Comprehensive Health Center in East Los Angeles.

Access  Other studies give our patients early access to new solutions. These include the T1D Exchange Network, which is testing a closed-loop insulin delivery system, along with clinical trials that are analyzing a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) in seniors and in family members without diabetes. We are one of the first centers to test the new Dexcom G6 CGM sensor, and we’re part of TrialNet, an international network exploring how type 1 diabetes can be prevented. We are also currently conducting a study on a potentially better way of using inhaled and a study using a closed-loop CGM/insulin pump system is scheduled for next year.

Advocacy   Dr. Peters is leading an effort to change the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) policy for insulin pump approval for seniors and has lobbied to convince CMS to fund CGMs for seniors and people with Medicaid.

Prevention   We are committed to studying how lifestyle approaches —  diet, exercise and weight loss —  may improve long-term health outcomes. Our team conducts on-the-ground research to help whole neighborhoods become healthier, including establishing and studying the impact of farmer’s markets.