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Every ninth MV resident suffers from diabetes

Schwerin (dpa / mv) – 182,000 people in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, about one in nine diabetic residents. According to AOK's Northeast Health Atlas, presented in Schwerin on Tuesday, 11.3 percent of the northeast population currently suffers from widespread type 2. Diabetes is therefore well above the national average of 8.6 percent. "It shows that we need to take action both in prevention and in the care of the sick," said Juliane Venohr, head of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania representative office of the northeast AOK.

Thus, an analysis of the largest health insurance company in the entire country with 420,000 insureds revealed that there are major regional differences in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Thus, the proportion of diabetics in Rostock (8.8) and Schwerin (8.9) was just above the national average. It is also known to be the most common age-related illness with only 12.8 percent in Lake Mecklenburg County.

"Every other patient is over 70 years old and many of them live in more rural areas," Vernohr said. The AOK responds to this and tries to include as many patients as possible in telemedicine care with high blood sugar and regular insulin doses. The Potsdam-based system Potsdam-based Emperra GmbH combines commercially available technology for blood glucose monitoring and insulin self-injection with automatic data acquisition and transmission.

According to Diego Schmidt, a telemedicine expert and member of the German Diabetes Association, blood glucose levels and injected insulin units have been recorded in a digital diabetic diary that can be accessed by a doctor at any time. "Without a patient having to travel to an often remote doctor's office, the doctor is always aware of his situation and can intervene immediately if necessary," Schmidt said.

The method has proven itself in practice. This saves patients the benefit of keeping a written journal and giving them safety, said Peter Henninger, a rural complaints doctor. With digital capabilities, supply in rural areas can be noticeably optimized. Less home visits are required. "The status of the data is always up-to-date, and the traffic light system indicates where medical intervention is urgently needed," Henninger said. According to the AOK, nearly 500 patients in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern who need regular insulin injection have been integrated into the electronic control system.

However, with the rise of diabetes, Venohr also made it clear that prevention is gaining importance. "Misplaced nutrition and lack of exercise that causes obesity are often causes of illness. Prevention cannot start early enough, so we go to day nurseries and schools to promote a healthy lifestyle."

The AOK Science Institute used the 2017 payroll data to create the Diabetes Atlas, Venohr said. In addition, further data were considered, so this study draws a representative picture of the situation in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

According to German Diabetes Aid, more than six million people suffer from diabetes across the country. Within 20 years the number of patients has increased by more than a third. It is estimated that about one in five are unaware of his condition.