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Can cities stop the rise of diabetes?

Houston hosted the Cities Changing Diabetes Summit in October
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Dr Faith Foreman is facing a daunting task. Houston’s diabetes prevalence rate, presently at 15.6 percent, is set to rise to 21.1 percent by 2045, which will add billions to healthcare costs, with the number of people whose lifestyles are affected rising from 469,000 to 752,000. As Assistant Director for the Houston Health Department, Foreman’s challenge is to reduce this, or bend the curve, to just one in 10 by 2045.

“It’s a very ambitious goal but we, as ‘can doers’, in Houston certainly want to do our best and achieve that,” she says.

Foreman has spent 20 years working in public health and was instrumental in Houston joining the global Cities Changing Diabetes programme three years ago. The city played host in October to the second summit when the global challenge of ‘bending the curve’ to just one in 10 people was announced.

The programme was initiated in 2014 by global pharmaceutical company, Novo Nordisk, and was developed with University College London and Steno Diabetes Centre Copenhagen. Nine diverse cities from each continent from across the world are now part of the programme.

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