Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., doctors, scientists, pharmacists, diabetes and nutrition consultants and other diabetes experts will be providing information on new aspects of exercise and nutrition, current developments in the area of treatment and research as well as diabetes in childhood and adolescence. People with diabetes will tell about their experiences with the disease and describe situations from their lives, among them the multiple gold medalist and track and field athlete Daniel Schnelting and diabetes blogger Bastian Niemeier. "By increasing the number of these individual reports, we would like to involve people with diabetes more closely in the program in order to offer a personal exchange platform during the Düsseldorf Diabetes Day," said ZD Professor Michael Roden, scientific director and member of executive board of the German Diabetes Center (DDZ). "The Diabetes Day will focus on the topics "Lifestyle" and "Exercise", which are also reflected in this year's motto 'With Diabetes Throughout Life'”.
In addition to focusing on the accompanying and secondary diseases associated with diabetes, further lectures will highlight social-legal aspects for people with diabetes and present simple practical aids for everyday life. A separate lecture block is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. for the topics insulin pump, CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) and FGM (flash glucose monitoring). Here the focus will be on visitors’ questions, which will be answered individually by the experts.
Offer of target-group-specific information for families and people with a migration background
At the accompanying industry exhibition, nearly 40 local and (supra) regional companies, associations, self-help groups and associations will present their offers, products and services. An information stand for people with a migration background, where diabetes and nutrition consultants provide information in Arabic, English, Persian, Polish, Russian and Turkish and present materials in foreign languages, will complete the offer. A separate room will be available for culture-specific counselling of small groups.
The Diabetes Day will also offer families and young people with diabetes the opportunity to exchange ideas. In addition to lectures on special topics, from 1:15 p.m. people with type 1 diabetes will relate their personal experiences, followed by a discussion. In addition, specialists from the children‘s and youth sector will be available to answer questions.
Diabetes health parcourse: participate and win
Visitors can get active themselves by participating in the diabetes health parcourse and, with a bit of luck, can win attractive prizes. "The hands-on activities and the health checks offered during the Düsseldorf Diabetes Day enable individual insight into diabetes, exercise and nutrition and make the topic and the various aids tangible," said Professor Andreas Meyer-Falcke, MD, commissioner for health of the City of Düsseldorf and patron of the Düsseldorf Diabetes Day.
At numerous stations, visitors can actively participate in free exercises and activities. Last year, around 750 family members, affected persons and patients took advantage of the varied offerings. Individuals can have their blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels checked in the Diabetes-Info-Mobile of the German Diabetes Aid NRW and at the stand of the pharmacies. In addition, specialists are available for individual advice on foot care. A fitness tracker, nutrition counseling or participation in a diabetes cooking course will be raffled off among the participants in the diabetes health parcourse.
The information day is jointly organized by the Regional Innovation Network (RIN) Diabetes, the German Diabetes Center (DDZ), the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology at Düsseldorf University Hospital, the NRW State Association of German Diabetes Aid – People with Diabetes (DDH-M) and Düsseldorf diabetologists in private practice and the Düsseldorf Chamber of Crafts and Skilled Trades.
No registration is required for the event, admission is free, and there is barrier-free access.