Novo Nordisk Asks -- When Will Diabetes Be Recognized As A Global Health Threat?
Posted Mar 22 2011 11:14am
We're reminded that the "developing world" is seeing greater rates of onset of diabetes nowadays than the "developed world". However, those populations may not have access to the needed care.
Lars Rebien Sorensen, President and CEO of Novo Nordisk, joined leaders from industry, government, academia, civil society and the media at the World Economic Forum 2011 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland to explore important global health issues, including diabetes. In the new issue of the Novo Nordisk BlueSheet, Sorensen addresses the challenges in access to care and treatment for those living with diabetes across the globe, particularly children.
"Less than 10% of people living with diabetes in this world receive the care necessary to properly manage the disease, putting them at greater risk of serious complications and even death. This is truly sobering in today's modern world," stated Sorensen. "The breadth and depth of this epidemic can no longer be ignored, which is why we must develop accessible and sustainable infrastructures across the globe for detecting, preventing, treating and caring for diabetes in all age groups now."