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Copenhagen Municipality to fight diabetes in capital region

Initiative to pay special attention to at-risk groups

According to the Danish Diabetes Association, 79 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed every day in Denmark (photo: iStock)
May 25th, 2016 8:51 am| by Shifa Rahaman
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Copenhagen Municipality and the Danish Diabetes Association are teaming up to fight diabetes in the capital region.

The new initiative, which takes its cue from studies that have found ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds correlate with the incidence of type 2 diabetes, aims to rethink the way diabetes prevention and treatment is administered to Danes, reports DR.

Background plays a part
Studies show that diabetes in Denmark is more likely to strike people from non-Danish backgrounds who have a low standard of education and are less well off economically.

The new initiative, which takes the form of a new diabetes centre to be opened in July in Vesterbro, will pay particular attention to people who fall under these categories.

“We’re aiming to do things a different way – by having, for example, more healthcare workers from diverse ethnic backgrounds, and forming stronger but more committed support groups in order to ensure the people at risk are adequately adjusting their lifestyles,” the deputy mayor for health, Ninna Thomsen, told DR.