Study populations

Germany, in 2016, had an estimated population of 82m with some 60% between 15 and 59 years of age and one in three aged over 60. By 2050, 54% of the population will be in the older age group and constitute some 40m people. In addition, Germany’s ageing population will reflect an increase in the number of those aged 80 years and over, which in 2015 was 5%, to more than 14% (10m).

Alongside the ageing population, diabetes prevalence is increasing – with the most recent statistics reporting 6.5m people living with the condition and an estimated 2.5m undiagnosed cases. Of note, Germany is ranked 3rd in the world for diabetes–related health expenditures with an estimated spend of $35bn USD, which is predicted to increase to $36bn USD by 2040.

Report & Infographic

Time of presentation for screening with an ophthamologist

(Ophthamologists n=6)

  • In time for screening
  • When visual problems have already occurred
  • Too late for effective treatment

Availability of DR patient education materials in health care providers’ offices

(All providers n=49)

  • Sufficient information available
  • Information not sufficient
  • No written information available
  • Don’t know

Complications adults with diabetes were most concerned about

(Adults with diabetes n=263)

  • Vision loss
  • Cardiovascular disease/stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Amputation

Frequency of discussions about eye complications with health care providers

(Adults with diabetes n=259)

  • Every visit
  • Multiple times per year
  • Once a year
  • When symptoms arise
  • Never
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