Our commitment to diabetes

Founded in 1923 out of a passion to help people with diabetes, Novo Nordisk’s aspiration is to improve awareness, prevention, detection and treatment of diabetes - and ultimately, to find a cure.

Novo Nordisk offers pharmaceutical products and services that make a significant difference to people living with diabetes, medical professionals and society at large. We have a large portfolio of diabetes products, and are committed to researching and developing new products in this therapy area.

The Novo Nordisk approach is not simply to treat diabetes, but to help the people it affects to live better lives in the knowledge that the condition does not define them. This understanding informs our initiatives to change the perception, treatment and future of diabetes.

Our aim is to inspire hope, and deliver practical solutions that help people, and we work with clinicians and patient representatives nationally, regionally and locally to that end.

  • Novo Nordisk has set a long term target of reaching 40 million people with its diabetes care products by 2020, doubling the base line number since 2010
  • Novo Nordisk has been operating in the UK for more than 40 years, with diabetes care accounting for 85% of our UK business
  • In 2015, Novo Nordisk invested £1.5 billion in research and development, with £2.8 million invested in diabetes clinical trials in the UK
  • More than 480,000 people with diabetes in the UK are treated with Novo Nordisk medicines
  • More than 20,000 UK healthcare professionals have participated in Novo Nordisk's MERIT training courses



UK/WB/0713/0014(2) October 2016

TALK Hypos is an awareness campaign supported by Novo Nordisk and Diabetes UK to encourage people with diabetes to recognise and discuss symptoms of hypoglycaemia
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Barriers to Communication

Barriers to talking about hypoglycaemia
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Impact of hypoglycaemia

Patient health and financial information
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Understanding Diabetes

Diabetes is caused by a problem with the way your body makes or uses insulin. Without insulin, sugar can’t get into your cells. So it stays in your blood
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