By 2035, it is estimated that more than half a billion people will have diabetes. Today, nearly two-thirds of all people with diabetes live in cities, and people who move to cities have a significantly higher risk of developing diabetes than those who remain in rural settings.1
Houston began its journey to improve diabetes prevention, detection, care and management in November 2014 through the Cities Changing Diabetes initiative. With the shared goal of tackling the city’s diabetes epidemic, many of the Houston’s organizations have come together to explore diabetes through multiple lenses with a focus on the assets, priorities, and opportunities. Through leadership and collaboration, these stakeholders are working to create a new and healthier future for people in Houston with diabetes or at risk for developing the disease.
Cities Changing Diabetes is a first-of-its-kind initiative developed to stem the tide of urban diabetes by providing practical, long-term solutions by drawing on academic, clinical government expertise in cities throughout the world. It aims to tackle the challenge by first understanding the driving factors behind the rise in diabetes in cities and use that knowledge to share concrete, real-world solutions. There are currently 5 cities engaged in the program: Mexico City, Copenhagen, Houston, Tianjin and Shanghai. Houston is the only U.S. city involved in the initiative.
The Cities Changing Diabetes program in Houston kicked off with a comprehensive analysis of the major gaps and vulnerabilities associated with diabetes. The results are being used in collaboration with local stakeholders to identify efforts that will have the greatest impact on prevention and management of diabetes. The best practices will then be shared with cities around the world.
Since its launch, Cities Changing Diabetes-Houston has been distinguished by:
Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States. There are 2.1 million people living in Houston and 4.3 million in Harris County2. Approximately 1 in 10 adults in Houston/Harris County have diabetes.3
Obesity is the most common chronic condition in Houston, affecting 32% of adults.4 Obese men and obese women have a 7- and 12-fold risk, respectively, of developing diabetes.5
For more information about the Cities Changing Diabetes program globally, and to learn more about what each of the participating cities are doing to defeat #UrbanDiabetes, visit CitiesChangingDiabetes.com.