100 Years of Insulin: The TV Program 'W wie Wissen' Presents Current Research Achievements of the DZD

100 years ago, the two Canadian physicians Frederick Banting and Charles Best succeeded for the first time in isolating the hormone insulin from the pancreas of a dog – an important breakthrough for the treatment of diabetes. To mark this anniversary, the TV program "W wie Wissen" presented two recent research achievements of the DZD: the early detection of type 1 diabetes and the discovery of diabetes subtypes.

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The program segments were broadcast on the ARD TV program "W wie wissen" on July 24, 2021, and will be repeated several times until August 4th. They are also available as videos on the Internet in the ARD Mediathek (Das Erste, W wie Wissen) until July 24, 2022.

Link to the broadcast  (in German)

Early detection of type 1 diabetes in children
Type 1 diabetes is the most common metabolic disease in children. The diagnosis often comes as a surprise, because only just under 20 percent of affected children have a close relative with the autoimmune disease. This is why more than 80 percent of girls and boys are often diagnosed very late with the metabolic disease. DZD researchers are working on detecting the disease at an early stage or even preventing it.
Link to this program segment (in German)

Type 2 Diabetes – treatment of subtypes
Insulin is usually the standard treatment for type 2 diabetes. The medical team at Tübingen University Hospital specializes in a more differentiated treatment. Here, a distinction is made between four subtypes of type 2 diabetes.
Link to this program segment (in German)