Berlin - In Germany, more and more people are living with diabetes: In the meantime, around one in ten suffer from it, according to new analysis for the care atlas, an institution of the central institute for medical care (). According to this, the proportion of diabetics rose from 8.9 to 9.8 percent between 2009 and 2015. Anonymous data from 70 million statutory health insurance patients was included in the study. According to the authors, previous estimates have assumed that there are seven to nine percent diabetics in Germany.
The study shows that around 500,000 people in Germany are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus for the first time every year. Men are more affected than women in almost all age groups, as are people in the east of the republic: In the new federal states 11.8 percent of the citizens suffer from diabetes, while in the old federal states it is 9.2 percent. “Based on the predicted demographic development, we must assume that the burden of disease from diabetes mellitus will continue to increase in the future,” explained Benjamin Goffrier, the first author of the study.
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The scientists from particularly point out the pronounced differences at the district level. In the Starnberg district, for example, the incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus was the lowest nationwide at 6.5 percent between 2013 and 2015.
The researchers were able to double the prevalence for the Prignitz district at 14 , Determine 2 percent. “Regional differences should be taken into account when developing prevention programs and care structures,” said Jörg Bätzing-Feigenbaum, head of the care atlas.