Around 1.5 million people in North Rhine-Westphalia currently have diagnosed type 2 diabetes. In addition, there is probably a high number of unreported cases. Every year, around 600,000 people in Germany develop diabetes, which is roughly equivalent to the population of Düsseldorf. In the state capital itself, at least 4,000 people develop diabetes every year. Therefore, target-group-specific education and prevention close to home is necessary – especially since it can be assumed that the number of people with type 2 diabetes could increase even further due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the associated unbalanced diet and lack of exercise.
In order to provide quality-assured information to people with diabetes during this difficult time, the 19th Düsseldorf Diabetes Day will take place on Saturday, September 11th at 10:00 am as a digital online event in a live stream. This free information day thrives on the direct interaction between the viewers, doctors and representatives of local associations and self-help groups, as well as supra-regional professional associations, commercial and service companies. "This year's event is all about precision medicine," said Professor Michael Roden, scientific director and board member of the DDZ and head of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology at Düsseldorf University Hospital. "As a result of scientific and technological advances, we are increasingly able to better evaluate multi-layered data in order to provide personalized care and therapies for people with diabetes. This will be discussed at the Düsseldorf Diabetes Day 2021."
This year, the focus will therefore be on digitization in diabetology and new strategies for the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver. These impulse presentations will be complemented by numerous short films, experience reports as podcasts and presentations on current diabetes topics. Viewers can participate in the discussions with their questions from the comfort of their own homes or on the go via chat. This year, the Düsseldorf Diabetes Day will once again offer a platform for interdisciplinary exchange.