St. Mary Medical Center Focused on Helping Patients Control Diabetes Through Screenings and Education

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St. Mary Medical Center will be providing several diabetes screening and education programs during Diabetes Awareness Month in November including:

Free Diabetes Screenings
St. Mary Medical Center – 1050 Linden Ave, Long Beach (register at table in cafeteria hallway)
Thursday, November 8, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Call 562-491-9547 to sign up.

Diabetes Walk & Health Fair
Poly High School Track – 1600 Atlantic Blvd., Long Beach
Saturday, November 10, 8:00 a.m. Registration, Walk from 9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m., Call 888-478-6279 to sign up.

Free Luncheon & Diabetes Lecture/Q&A with Dr. Berkson & Diabetes Education Program Team
St. Mary Medical Center – Health Enhancement Center, 1st Floor, 1055 Linden Ave., Long Beach
Thursday, November 15, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Call 888-478-6279 to sign up.

Free Diabetes and Obesity Presentation with Dr. Ingrid Lin
St. Mary Medical Center – Low Vision Center’s Florence Traub Learning Center, 1055 Linden Ave., Long Beach
Thursday, November 15, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Call 562-491-9275 to reserve your seat.

According to Richard Berkson, M.D., Endocrinologist for St. Mary Medical Center, there are 26-30 million people in the United States who have diabetes and another 79 million people who have prediabetes. So in every family, at every workplace, at every ballgame, at every social event, there are people with abnormal sugars near you–and you may be one of them. At least half the people with diabetes and prediabetes do not know they have it. But if you have prediabetes, you can prevent getting diabetes, and if you have diabetes you can control it and live a long, healthy life. “The keys are education and a good attitude,” said Dr. Berkson. “Please join us on Thursday, November 15 at St. Mary Medical Center for the fortieth chapter of our quarterly lecture series on diabetes. I’ll be there and after we answer your questions, I will join my staff and you for a walk in honor of Diabetes Month.”

The St. Mary Medical Center Diabetes Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education. Please call 562-491-9547 for more information and view their webpage and welcome video here:

About St. Mary Medical Center
Founded by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1923, St. Mary Medical Center, a member of Dignity Health, offers a full continuum of primary and secondary acute care services to the Greater Long Beach community. With more than 600 physicians, 1,456 employees and 389 private rooms, St. Mary is committed to providing a unique balance of leading edge technology, while ensuring dignity and compassionate care of body, mind and spirit to the community it serves. For more information, please visit us at

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