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Diabetes – A Widespread Disease

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most widespread diseases in Germany. Approximately six million people have the disease, and it is estimated that just as many are unaware of their condition or are at high risk for developing the disease.

According to United Nations estimates, by the year 2040 the number of people worldwide with diabetes will increase by more than 50 percent – from 415 million today to approximately 642 million people. Diabetes is the first noninfectious disease that the United Nations has declared to be a global threat. Analog to the increase in cases worldwide, the incidence of diabetes mellitus in Germany has risen sharply over the last 50 years. According to current prognoses, the incidence will continue to rise even more rapidly in the future.

The strong increase in incidence not only of type 2 diabetes in the aging population, but also of type 1 diabetes will present major challenges to the German health system in the coming years.

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) seeks to investigate the causes of the disease and, through new scientific findings, to develop effective prevention and treatment measures to halt the emergence or progression of diabetes.

Information for patients

Diabetesinformationsdienst München
Up-to-date, scientifically proven information from all areas of diabetes research and medicine, register of interested parties for participation in clinical studies
(German only)

News, background information and practical tips with "Diabetes Cockpit" for BMI, blood pressure and blood glucose levels as well as video platform "DIABETES - NOT ONLY A TYPE QUESTION"
(German only)

Health organization that actively promotes the interests of people with diabetes, their families and high-risk patients
(German only)

Deutsche Diabetes Stiftung
Promotion of scientific research and social projects, information and education
(German only)

Professional Association DDG

The German Diabetes Society / Die Deutsche Diabetes Gesellschaft (DDG)

With more than 9,000 members, the German Diabetes Society (Deutsche Diabetes Gesellschaft DDG) is one of the largest medical-scientific societies in Germany. It supports science and research, is involved in further education and training, certifies treatment facilities and develops guidelines. The goal is more effective prevention and treatment of the widespread disease diabetes, which affects more than six million people in Germany. To this end, it also undertakes extensive health policy activities.

Further Information

Explanation videos (German language; DDZ)