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
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.
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.
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.