Rapid, global urbanization is changing both where we live and the way we live. City planning, policy, and culture have a direct impact on people’s health.

We aim to improve understanding of the principal factors behind the rise of diabetes in urban settings, then share and apply that knowledge to real world solutions for people to live healthier lives.




We must change the trajectory of the rise in diabetes – and that means setting a bold ambition that no more than 1 in 10 adults globally has the disease. To achieve this will require ambitious action on the biggest modifiable risk factor for diabetes – obesity: we must reduce obesity by 25% globally between now and 20451. If we do that, we will bend the curve on the huge rise in diabetes prevalence, and prevent an extra 111 million people developing the disease1.



Urban diabetes demands new ways of looking at old problems

Professor David Napier of University College London understands better than most how the problem of diabetes keeps growing, despite our understanding of the biology and genetics of the disease.

In cities like London, long commutes, unhealthy diets, desk jobs and lack of exercise create a perfect storm of diabetes risk factors. Find out why Professor Napier believes a multi-disciplinary approach founded on new forms of research and community action is the only way to conquer urban diabetes.



Bending the curve on diabetes

The Diabetes Projection Model plots the trajectory of diabetes prevalence over time and illustrates how reducing the prevalence of obesity by 25% would reduce the burden of diabetes. Two global scenarios illustrate that inaction is not an option.




  1. Bending The Curve On Urban Diabetes Briefing Book, Cities Changing Diabetes, 2017