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World Diabetes Day November 14 – First National Diabetes Surveillance Report

11/12/2019 10:30 AM

World Diabetes Day November 14 – First National Diabetes Surveillance Report

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn: "Improving Diabetes Prevention and Care"

Joint statement by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Center for Health Education and the Robert Koch Institute

The risk of diabetes is higher than many people think. Nearly 80% of those who are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to study results, consider their risk of disease to be low. It is the result of research conducted across the country by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA).

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn: "The risk of developing diabetes is too often underestimated. It can have serious consequences. It is therefore important that diabetes is detected early and treated in a timely manner. The diabetes report provides important data to better control prevention and care."

Today, on the occasion of World Diabetes Day on November 14, the RKI presented the first report of the National Diabetes Surveillance ("Diabetes Monitoring"). The decline in risk factors for type 2 diabetes, such as smoking and physical inactivity, as well as fewer consequences such as blindness and amputations, but the rise in gestational diabetes are examples of recent developments in diabetes.

The Diabetes Report presents results for four areas of action: reducing risk, improving early detection and treatment, reducing complications, and reducing disease burden and medical costs. The Federal Ministry of Health has been supporting the establishment of the National Diabetes Surveillance since late 2015. Surveillance gathers relevant diabetes data from available data sources and prepares it in a timely and action-oriented manner. This creates reliable information and decision-making for the public, policy, supply and research.

Diabetes mellitus increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness, and foot amputation. Healthy living and quality of life are lost, especially if the disease remains unrecognized for a long time or is not treated enough.

Lothar H. Wieler, President of the Robert Koch Institute: "Diabetes is one of the most important non-communicable diseases in Germany and many other countries and is therefore one of the major public health challenges. We must act together here."

In Germany, according to the Robert Koch Institute, 9.2% of the 18-79 age group have diabetes, including 2.0% with unrecognized diabetes.

By far the most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes. Important risk factors for type 2 diabetes are genetic factors, older age and influencing factors. These include physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, severe obesity and smoking – all of which are important for other important non-communicable diseases and are affected by the life-world.

To better assess your own risk of illness and prevent diabetes better, BZgA offers a "diabetes risk test" together with collaboration partners at

Heidrun Thaiss, Head of the Federal Center for Health Education: “Increased blood glucose levels damage the blood vessels, nerves and many organs in the long run. An important step in prevention is raising awareness of your own risk of disease and conducting an online test. Questions are raised about diet and exercise habits, family history and waist circumference. "

An online diabetes test for assessing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes over the next five years was developed by the German Institute for Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE) and the German Diabetes Research Center (DZD).

The Robert Koch Institute is today releasing its first National Diabetes Surveillance Report ( and the new website will be published on World Diabetes Day.

Further information:



Federal Ministry of Health
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Fax: 030 18441-1245

Robert Koch Institute
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13353 Berlin
Tel: 030 18754-2562

Federal Center for Health Education
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50825 Cologne
Tel .: 0221 8992-280

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