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UCL and Novo Nordisk partner to take action against urban diabetes
Date:3/28/2014

o more sedentary lifestyles and inequality of access to health care, urban living presents a major challenge to health and has become one of the key drivers behind the acceleration of global diabetes.

"The global diabetes epidemic is an emergency in slow motion," says Lars Rebien Srensen, chief executive officer, Novo Nordisk. "While there are many factors fuelling the growth trajectory of diabetes, the most striking contributor is urbanisation and the growth of cities. The 'Cities Changing Diabetes' programme is our call to arms for people around the world to work together to tackle this for the long-term."

David Napier, Professor of Medical Anthropology in the UCL Department of Anthropology, said:

"We are delighted to bring our expertise to bear through supporting research that will underpin Cities Changing Diabetes. We will be working on the ground to gather data across the globe, setting a baseline to the challenge of diabetes, and acting as a platform for future action. Working with Cities Changing Diabetes, we aim to make an impact that is sustainable into the future, giving new momentum to this global initiative."

The Minister of Health of Mexico City, Dr Armando Ahued Ortega, states that early detection of diabetes and care hereof are one of his administration's public health priorities.

"We have implemented large-scale initiatives to fight overweight, obesity and diabetes and we are starting to see the results. However, diabetes continues to constitute a heavy burden for the city's health services. I look forward to seeing the results from the research phase initiated today, as they will provide a solid foundation for developing an integrated response to tackle this public health emergency. I am very proud of Mexico City taking the global lead to fight urban diabetes."


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Contact: Henry Rummins
h.rummins@ucl.ac.uk
020-767-99063
University College London
Source:Eurekalert

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