Urban diabetes in Vancouver

Vancouver is typically thought of as a health conscious city, however, based on the Diabetes Projection Model, 9.4% of the adult population have diabetes, 6% have multiple chronic disease, and 15% are obese (BMI>30). Diabetes prevalence among adults could increase to 11.7% if action is not taken. 1,2

Mirrored on the global program, Cities Changing Diabetes Vancouver has three core elements – mapping the problem, sharing the learnings and taking action. The goal is to leverage resources and share key findings across Canada to change the trajectory of the disease through targeted actions informed by new understanding.

  1. Cities Changing Diabetes. Diabetes Projection Model, Global. Data on file. Novo Nordisk. In: Incentive, ed. Holte, Denmark 2017
  2. Vancouver Community Health Profile



The quantitative research in Vancouver is performed by InSource Research Group Ltd. The Rule of Halves is presented on World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2016.

The qualitative research in Vancouver is performed by Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, led by Professor Scott Lear. The results will be presented in 2017.

The Rule of Halves for Vancouver will be based on existing published research, databases and registers.

Individual viewpoints on vulnerability to type 2 diabetes in Vancouver will be collected in 2017.



“By working with local partners and learning from other cities, Vancouver recognizes that good planning and city building play an important role in improving health outcomes for residents. Vancouver is pleased to join other leading cities in the global Cities Changing Diabetes initiative, and we look forward to working with all of the local partners.”


A growing number of partners have started to work together to address urban diabetes in Vancouver – the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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