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Diabetes Care

Diabetes is the result of your body either not producing enough insulin or not using what is produced correctly, causing your sugar levels to be too high. Insulin is a hormone that works to convert sugars, starches and other foods into energy your body uses to function normally. If you have diabetes, you're one of 26 million Americans, children and adults, living with this lifelong disease. But with proper treatment, you can live an active, healthy, and long life.


Diabetes Overview Class

Learn more about healthy eating for people with diabetes, monitoring blood sugar, diabetes medications, healthy lifestyle tips to prevent diabetes, and more.  No cost. Feel free to bring your spouse or caregiver. Classes are held at "The Learning Center" located behind Memorial Hospital, Bakersfield. Call to reserve your space in class:  661.327.4647, x4326

2018 Class Dates: 3:00 - 5:00 pm

  • February 5
  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4
  • July 16
  • August 6
  • September 17
  • October 1
  • November 5

Heart Healthy Lifestyle Class

A review of heart healthy eating, meal planning, cooking, shopping, and physical activity for prevention of illness related to heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol/triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Classes are free. Call today for more information: 877.695.6863, x4326

2017 Classes: 3:30 - 5:00 pm

  • September 25
  • October 16

Small Steps to a Healthier Heart

Monthly classes to help you lose weight and improve your overall health.  Monthly topics include: hydration/healthy drinks, whole unprocessed foods, cutting calories, healthy meal preparation, portion control, exercise. Free classes and held monthly. Call today for more information: 877.695.6863, x4326

2017 Classes: 3:00 - 4:30 pm

  • September 11
  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 4

About Us

Dignity Health Central California hospitals in Bakersfield, Merced, and Stockton work with you and your family to enhance diabetes self-management skills. We believe this helps you in your ability to live with and manage your disease, improve your overall quality of life, and prevent costly and life-changing complications. We work alongside educators, registered nurses, and registered dietitians, all specially trained in the management of diabetes. If you walk through our doors, we'll help improve your overall health as well as your quality of life. It's our commitment.

Taking Charge

Former NFL quarterback David Carr switched up his game plan after he and three of his children were diagnosed with diabetes. By focusing on healthy eating and being active, the Carr family is taking charge of their health.

Types of Diabetes

There are several types of diabetes. The two main types are Type 1 and Type 2. Before you develop Type 2, you almost always develop pre-diabetes. This occurs when your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. There is also diabetes that occurs during pregnancy. In all cases there is an insulin problem, but for different reasons. We can help.

Health Risk Assessment

If you're concerned that you or someone you love might be at risk for developing diabetes, our diabetes health risk assessment can help. 

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