Mapping by Cities Changing Diabetes in Malmö revealed that prevalence
is associated with socioeconomic status. The highest prevalence of
type 2 diabetes occurs in an area with a lower income level and a
lower level of education. The rising condition has driven the increase
in type 2 diabetes among the younger population in recent years.
A whole-system approach to tackling diabetes
Having mapped diabetes in the city, Cities Changing Diabetes in
Malmö has created three collaborative workstreams and working groups -
representing all local stakeholders - to take a whole-system approach
to children and adults at risk for developing diabetes and
diabetes-related complications. This cross-collaborative working model
has allowed for in-depth discussions about feasible intervention ideas.
The proposals range from communicating healthy habits to young
children and introducing health promotion in the training of teachers
to initiating programmes that take a more structured approach to the
care of newly diagnosed diabetes patients. Intervention ideas are
currently being designed for implementation and evaluation.
"The causes of diabetes are complex and interlinked. That
means that knowledge and experience sharing in partnerships such as
Cities Changing Diabetes is crucial in addressing many of the
modifiable social and environmental factors that lead to obesity and
diabetes. This work can also be strongly linked to Malmö City's
focus on sustainable development within the framework of Agenda 2030."
— Katrin Jammeh, Mayor of Malmö
the synopsis of the mapping results (in Swedish)