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 fueling 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.

In 2014, three global partners, Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, University College London and Novo Nordisk, launched the Cities Changing Diabetes programme to accelerate the global fight against urban diabetes. 

Today, the programme has established local partnerships in 12 cities to address the social factors and cultural determinants that can increase Type 2 diabetes vulnerability among certain people living in cities.

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Other cities who are changing diabetes

Since the programme was launched in 2014, a total of 12 cities – including Leicester – have joined in a bid to tackle the increased risk of Type 2 diabetes among certain people who live in cities. 

Each city is contributing through its partnerships to establish a new knowledge base of the social issues and cultural factors which make some people vulnerable to the development of the condition and its complications in their city.

The work in the study cities will act as a platform for the programme to grow globally. It will provide a basis for connecting and understanding the challenge of urban diabetes, and for enabling and inspiring many more cities to join in the global fight.




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