Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., doctors, pharmacists, nutritionists and other diabetes experts will inform visitors about new technologies and therapy concepts, diabetes in childhood and adolescence as well as diabetes-related complications. "It is very important to recognize a diabetic emergency, to respond quickly and to provide optimal treatment. The first years of diabetes and the quality of blood glucose control determine the risk of complications,“ said Professor Michael Roden, MD, scientific director of the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) and board member of the DZD. People with diabetes, relatives, families with their affected children, risk groups and the interested public are invited to the event. For the first time, not only current developments and advances in diabetes care will be presented, but also a tour through the history of diabetes with exhibits from the Diabetes Museum in Munich.
Lecture program: focus on digitization and technologies
The increasing digitization in diabetes care is the main topic of this year's Düsseldorf Diabetes Day. In addition to information on the conventional insulin pump therapy, practice-oriented presentations will be given about innovations in the field of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and flash glucose monitoring (FGM) systems as well as diabetes apps and digital solutions. "Digital technology offers opportunities for people with diabetes and can make diabetes treatment easier," said Professor Andreas Meyer-Falcke, Commissioner for Health of the City of Düsseldorf and patron of the Düsseldorf Diabetes Day. Through the combination of expert lectures and experience reports, the lecture program offers different perspectives on diabetes. The reports, in which people with diabetes tell about their daily lives, enrich the wide-ranging lecture program with a personal touch.
New: extended range of information for families and people with a migration background
Around 30 companies, associations, self-help groups and clubs will be presenting their products, information and services at the accompanying industry exhibition. For the first time there will be a transcultural information stand for people with a migration background, where (diabetes) counselors will provide information in various languages (Arabic, English, Russian and Turkish). Foreign-language information materials and short films of the initiative "Diabetes - Not Just a Type Question" complete the information stand's offer.
Experts are also available for families and their individual questions about diabetes in childhood and adolescence. The diabetes department of the Clinic for General Pediatrics, Neonatology and Pediatric Cardiology of Düsseldorf University Hospital is on site with information material and is available for questions. Starting at 2 p.m., doctors, one type 1 patient and two mothers of affected children will discuss the topic as part of the lecture program. This year, visitors to Diabetes Day will once again be able to actively participate in a cooking event. This will be carried out by chefs from the Courtyard Marriott with the support of IKK classic.
Numerous free screening tests
In addition to these target group-oriented information offers, visitors can also take advantage of various individual health check offers (e.g. blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol measurement) and other advisory services free of charge. These services are offered in the Diabetes Infomobile of the NRW Regional Association of DDH-M, at the stand of Ascensia Diabetes Care Deutschland GmbH and at the stand of the North Rhine-Westphalia Association of Pharmacists. In addition, specialists will be available for individual advice on foot care.
Health parcourse: participate and win
This year, the diabetes health parcourse offers a comprehensive insight into the topics of exercise, nutrition and health check offers. Numerous free participatory activities give visitors to the Düsseldorf Diabetes Day the opportunity to become active themselves. Three attractive prizes will be raffled among all participants. In addition to an individual nutrition consultation, there is the chance to win a FreeStyle Libre and a Contour Next One.
The Düsseldorf Diabetes Day is jointly organized by the Regional Innovation Network (RIN) Diabetes, the German Diabetes Center (DDZ), the Clinic for Endocrinology and Diabetology at Düsseldorf University Hospital, the North Rhine-Westphalia Regional Association of German Diabetes Aid – People with Diabetes (DDH-M), as well as the Düsseldorf diabetologists in private practice and the Düsseldorf Chamber of Skilled Crafts.
More information – as well as impressions afterwards – about the event can be found at http://www.duesseldorfer-diabetestag.de/ or at Facebook https://de-de.facebook.com/duesseldorfer.diabetestag/ and in the event-flyer.