Home > News > Events 31 July 2013 Novo Nordisk celebrates 90 years for diabetes Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has recently celebrated the completion of 90 years since the first diabetes patients were treated with the company's insulin. 0 Novo Nordisk Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk has recently celebrated the completion of 90 years since the first diabetes patients were treated with the company's insulin. Ever since, the company has been focused on developing new and better treatments for people with diabetes and is today the world's largest diabetes care company. Novo Nordisk provides therapeutic treatments for an estimated 23 million people with diabetes worldwide and produces approximately 50 per cent of all insulin in the world. Dr. Timmy Kedijang, the General Manager of Novo Nordisk South Africa says “expanding waistlines are causing an epidemic of Type 2 diabetes around the world, and lifestyle management is as important as appropriate medical treatment.”The company’s story began in 1921, shortly after a team of scientists in Canada discovered insulin. FoundationDr Marie Krogh - a Danish medical doctor and scientist who had type 2 diabetes herself - was quick to realise the importance of this discovery. Marie and August Krogh set up a foundation called Nordisk Insulinlaboratorium, and made this the company’s majority shareholder in order to secure its independence. The foundation was also used as a channel to provide grants for research and humanitarian purposes. A similar foundation was established in 1951 by Novo’s founders, Harald Petersen and Thorvald Pedersen, and the foundation-based business model has been maintained since the subsequent merger of the two companies. Holistic approachWith the merger of two Danish pioneering foundations (Novo and Nordisk) in 1989, it continues to be at the forefront of developing new insulin delivery systems and advocating for a holistic approach to preventing and managing diabetes."Approximately 371 million people worldwide are living with diabetes," says Dr. Kedijang, "and this could rise to 550 million by 2030. "At Novo Nordisk we therefore see our role not only as a provider of the very best treatment options, but also as a leader in facilitating access to lifestyle education and diabetes testing and treatment. Our founders set the bar very high, and we intend to keep raising it." The first few years and history can be viewed via this video: http://video.novonordisk.com/video/7772789/novo-nordisk-90th-anniversary-defining NEXT ON HEALTH24X 35 women fall pregnant despite using contraception app 2018-01-19 18:38 More: NewsEvents advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news News 35 women fall pregnant despite using contraception app News 5 diseases you risk getting if we run out of water Lifestyle 5 photos of your cervix you need to see Fitness 4 sprint workouts to help you get faster News QUIZ: How many of these random health facts do you know? News Beware of 3 other diseases besides Listeriosis, officials warn From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Discover treatments that can help reduce acne What can I do to reduce or remove acne marks? Live healthier Terrific Tea! » Rooibos makes cocktails healthier Rooibos: an alternative energy drink More than 10 reasons why rooibos is good for you Today marks the first annual National Rooibos Day, which aims to raise awareness of the health benefits and many uses of rooibos tea. Healthy? Are you sure? » 5 diseases we can get from animals Could your salon visit make you sick? 7 terrifying diseases you could have without knowing it Not all serious illnesses come with tell-tale symptoms. There are diseases that can turn your body into a ticking time-bomb while you're unaware of any danger.