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.
The main reasons for increased rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity often include a combination of increasing urbanisation, socioeconomic inequalities, less active lifestyles and poorer diets. These are areas where preventive actions can have a positive effect, by reducing socioeconomic inequalities and facilitating more active lifestyles and balanced diets.
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.