Type 2 diabetes usually only occurs in adulthood, but the age of initial diagnosis is shifting more and more towards younger age groups. In Germany, adolescents (still) rarely develop type 2 diabetes (about two percent of all adolescents). However, they are increasingly at risk of developing this type of disease due to excess weight  and lack of exercise. In many cases, the development of type 2 diabetes could be prevented or at least delayed. Even relatively small lifestyle changes are often sufficient to significantly reduce the risk. Scientists hope that a better understanding of the disease mechanisms will enable them to develop more individual prevention and therapy measures in the future.

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BASIC INFORMATION: More than 90 percent of people with diabetes suffer from type 2 diabetes, formerly known as adult-onset diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body’s beta cells become increasingly dysfunctional ...more (in german)

PREVALENCE: Diabetes mellitus is the most common metabolic disease in western industrialized nations. In 2017, approximately 425 million people worldwide had diabetes. …more (in german)

RISK FACTORS: Type 2 diabetes is a disease  that develops primarily due to genetic factors. Of particular interest are genes that play a role in insulin production. ...more (in german)

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DIAGNOSIS:  In many patients, type 2 diabetes remains unrecognized for a long time because  symptoms are often unspecific. To make matters worse, the disease symptoms, ...more (in german)

THERAPIES: So-called basic therapy is appropriate  for everyone  with diabetes. This includes structured training,  exercise, healthy diet, ...more (in german)

PREVENTION: Lifestyle changes lower the relative risk of developing diabetes from impaired glucose tolerance (prediabetes) by up to seventy percent. ...more (in german)

RESEARCH APPROACHES: In the German Center for Diabe¬tes Research (DZD) leading research institutions, including Helmholtz Zentrum München, are pooling their strengths ...more (in german)

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