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 US soldier receives world's first penis and scrotum transplant 2018-04-24 11:08 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 Lifestyle US soldier receives world's first penis and scrotum transplant Diet and nutrition Africa needs to address multiple food issues to end hunger News Your neighbour's backyard chickens might carry salmonella risk Diet and nutrition 10 of the most extreme and dangerous weight-loss methods News ‘I feel so honoured I was able to help save his life’: Daughter donates kidney to dying father News Mysterious illness turns energetic pole dancer into a fatigued ‘gran’ From our sponsors WIN a R2 000 beauty voucher! Understanding diabetes self-management Fed up with the Phlemings? Let’s chat diabetes and erectile dysfunction Live healthier FYI » When the flu turns deadly Why the flu makes you feel so miserable Could a deadly flu strain hit SA this winter? Following an intense flu season in the US and UK, should we be worried about our own upcoming flu season? Alcohol and acne » Dagga vs alcohol: Which is worse? SEE: Why you are drinking more alcohol than you realise Does alcohol cause acne? Some foods can be a trigger for acne, but what about alcohol? Dermatologist Dr Nerissa Moodley weighs in.