There are many reasons why chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and obesity have been on the rise for decades. Some are due to risk factors that are not preventable, such as genetic factors and the simple fact that humans are living longer.
Doing nothing to stop this rise will only lead to more human suffering and more healthcare spending. Our customers are healthcare systems and the people using our treatments. If we do nothing to prevent chronic diseases, we are not living up to our values as a company, nor are we driving a sustainable business.
But there are areas where preventive actions can have a positive effect. Increasing urbanisation, socioeconomic inequalities, less active lifestyles and poorer diets. In combination, increasing urbanisation, socioeconomic inequalities, less active lifestyles and poorer diets are often the main reasons why more and more people are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and obesity.
We want to bend the curve on the rise of type 2 diabetes and obesity. There is no doubt prevention is key.
Keep reading and see how we work with chronic disease prevention.
As a leader in diabetes care, we have an obligation to people’s health, and a business interest in resilient healthcare systems that can afford our innovations for people living with diabetes. To tackle both the rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes and obesity, we are taking actions to stop these diseases before they start. Our current focus is on two of these leverage points - urban health, and childhood overweight and obesity.
Cities Changing Diabetes
Childhood overweight and obesity is everybody’s business