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Time To Nail Diabetes And Obesity, Says Blue

Press Release   •   Nov 14, 2018 19:18 CET

Stockholm, Sweden, November 14, 2018 – National health authorities around the world need to step up efforts to tackle a decades-long rise in people suffering from diabetes and obesity, urged Blue, a investment company that serves as a catalyst for sustainability-driven innovation.

Speaking on World Obesity Day 2018, Blue CEO and co-founder, Anders Jacobson said governments were “simply not doing enough to encourage relatively-simple solutions like promoting a shift from sugary drinks to plain or naturally flavored water’.

He said health authorities such as WHO have made it clear that simple lifestyle measures can be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes, especially Type 2, which is largely the result of excess body weight and physical inactivity. Type 1 diabetes stems from deficient insulin production due to unknown causes and it is therefore not preventable.

WHO says the worldwide number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) has risen tenfold in the past four decades, while the number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million.

“It is shameful many government’s do not commit to long-term serious efforts to raise awareness that achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight, doing regular physical exercise and avoiding sugar through a healthy diet can help prevent and reduce the diabetes burden”, Anders Jacobson said.

He added societies have much to gain from nailing obesity as it is a major cause of diabetes and related illnesses such as blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks and lower limb amputation.

One of Blue’s major investments is global water technology and solutions leader, Bluewater. A crusader in battling the use of polluting single use plastic bottles, Bluewater innovates and markets disruptive water purification and deliver solutions that give people in industrialised and developing countries alike access to pure drinking water.

Pure water is vital both for diabetes sufferers and when it comes to combatting obesity

“The problem is that tap water quality isn’t a given in many parts of the world. Tap water may contain contaminants such as lead or chemicals that can impact key organs or lead to reduced immune systems,” said Anders Jacobson, adding that is why Blue would like to see governments investing more in water drinking education programs.

In addition to Bluewater, Blue has invested in a growing portfolio of international game-changing companies, including Climeon, Baseload Capital, Save by Solar, Karun and Visiba Care.

BACKGROUND

  • -The number of people with diabetes has nearly quadrupled since 1980 with almost 422 million sufferers worldwide and is one of the top leading causes of death in the world, causing 1.5 million deaths in 2012
  • -More than 1.9 billion people were overweight in 2016

For more information, contact David Noble, Blue Communications Director, on +44 7785 302 694 ordavid.noble@bluewatergroup.com

About Blue

Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Blue is an investment company that serves as a catalyst for innovations that can solve some of the major challenges facing our planet and all living on it. Blue’s mission is to find, engage with, invest in and support entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses driven by the desire to deliver tangible, sustainable solutions that can benefit human wellbeing and planetary health.www.blueab.se