The Diabetes Community Center will have a grand opening from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 3 in the new Summit Medical Clinic building at 1380 E. Fillmore St. The Summit Medical Clinic is the new home of Dr. Pratheep Arora’s internal medicine and nephrology practice, Quest Diagnostics as well as the center.

Arora’s practice includes preventive care, women’s health and a wide range of internal medicine services, including comprehensive diabetic care, cardiovascular care with a focus on hypertension, kidney and lung disease.

The DCC is a nonprofit organization with the mission to transform through education and support the lives of those touched by diabetes.

The DCC offers individual life-coaching sessions, group nutrition classes, insulin pump training, continuous glucose monitor training, prediabetes consultations, diabetes awareness workshops, Type 1 support group meetings, as well as community outreach partnerships to help educate and provide resources. Andrea Houk, RN and certified diabetes educator, is the executive director.

Diabetes facts in Colorado

Diabetes has risen in Colorado’s population over the past 10 years, increasing from 4.7 percent to 7.4 percent. Nearly 7 percent of El Paso County’s population has been diagnosed with diabetes.

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Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that must be treated with insulin. Type 2 is a metabolic disease that can often be controlled with a combination of lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, oral medication and insulin.

For more information on the Diabetes Community Center, visit www.dcccolorado.org or email info@dcccolorado.org.