Our Mission

To raise awareness, educate and train communities to deliver type 2 diabetes prevention and lifestyle education in Leicester City

In order to achieve their mission, the team have identified 3 key work streams:

What is Cities Changing Diabetes?

The Cities Changing Diabetes programme was developed to get cities worldwide to set goals and design interventions to drive down the number of people with type 2 diabetes in their city. Meeting these goals requires working together across sectors and disciplines, uniting stakeholders behind a common cause.

The world is rapidly urbanising, changing not just where we live, but the way we live. Today, the way cities are designed, built and run risks fuelling the health challenges of their citizens.

Urban environments are already home to two-thirds of people with diabetes. This makes cities the front line in the fight against type 2 diabetes – and where we must take action to hold back the alarming rise of the condition. 

Since the programme was launched in 2014, a total of 22 cities worldwide – including Leicester – have joined in a bid to tackle the increased risk of type 2 diabetes among certain people who live in cities.


Why Leicester?

In 2017, Leicester became the first UK and the third European city to join the global programme. Leicester was selected on a number of criteria, including the strength of the Leicester Diabetes Centre, who is leading the work; having an ethnically and culturally diverse population; and as a city, it is both passionate and motivated in supporting its community members to help prevent type 2 diabetes and support those who live with it on a daily basis.

Leicester is home to one of the largest populations of people with diabetes in the UK, with around 9% of residents diagnosed with the condition – well above the national average.    Of those, 93% have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which translates to approximately 28,500 people in Leicester living type 2 diabetes.  Based on screening data, it is thought there are a further 6,600 who are living with diabetes, but not yet been diagnosed.


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