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Diabetes is widespread in Germany - but many do not know about its illness

Diabetes is widespread in Germany - but many do not know about its illness


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Number of diabetes diseases increased: early diagnosis very important

The number of diabetes diseases in Bavaria has increased significantly. In addition to the well-known cases, there are also numerous people who have never known anything about their diabetes. The State Minister for Health calls for the use of early diagnosis offers.

Over seven and a half million diabetic patients

A report was published a few months ago, showing that around 7.6 million Germans have diabetes. However, many sufferers do not know about their own diabetes. This can have fatal consequences. Because diabetes can be associated with a number of complications. Early detection of the disease could often prevent the serious late effects of diabetes. This is indicated by Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml in a communication. See the summary in the video below.

A further increase is expected

The number of known diabetes cases in Bavaria has increased significantly: "In Bavaria, more than one million people are diagnosed with diabetes mellitus," the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) wrote on its website.

"It can be assumed that there will be a further increase in diabetes diseases in the next few years," it continues.

The problem is that many have not known about their illness for a long time. Bavaria's Minister of Health Melanie Huml therefore once again campaigned to use the offers for the early diagnosis of diabetes.

"If diabetes is left untreated for a long time, it poses a significant risk to the blood vessels and nerves," says the politician, who is a licensed doctor.

Illness is not curable

The Bavarian LGL's new health report 1/2019 deals in detail with the topic of diabetes mellitus. This also includes the latest data from the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Bavaria (KVB) from 2017.

According to this, over one million (1,035) legally insured from Bavaria have known diabetes mellitus. In terms of the total population, approximately 1.28 million people with known diabetes mellitus can be expected in the Free State.

In 2011, “only” diabetes mellitus was known in about 900,000 legally insured from Bavaria. With a share of 90 to 95 percent, type 2 diabetes mellitus is the most common form of diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes usually only occurs in adulthood and is closely related to lifestyle.

In contrast, type 1 diabetes is predominantly present in children and adolescents in Germany - an autoimmune disease, the exact causes of which are currently being researched.

Type 1 diabetes has not yet been curable, but with timely diagnosis and optimal blood sugar control, young patients can lead an almost normal life.

The main symptoms include strong thirst and frequent urination. If suspected, parents should seek medical advice.
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Detect and treat diabetes in good time

“Many people don't know about their diabetes. Because it is possible that there are no signs of this for years, ”said the minister.

“It is very important to recognize and treat diabetes in good time. Because then serious long-term consequences such as cardiovascular diseases and kidney damage can be delayed or avoided entirely. "

Huml continues: “The increase in known cases of diabetes has various reasons. This includes, for example, the aging of society. In addition, there is also a longer survival with the disease and more sensitive diagnostics. "

Obesity and lack of exercise are the biggest risk factors

"Being overweight and lack of exercise are the two biggest risk factors for type 2 diabetes mellitus," said LGL President Dr. Andreas Zapf.

"But smoking, stress or chronic sleep disorders can also contribute to the development of the disease."

Healthy lifestyle can protect against diabetes

"A healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and sufficient exercise can protect against type 2 diabetes," said Huml.

"It can also have a positive impact on the course of the disease in diagnosed type 2 diabetes," said the Minister of Health. (ad)

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Video: Treatment and Management of Type 2 Diabetes (September 2022).


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