[Prevalence of complications and comorbidities in type 2 diabetes: a cross-sectional study of disease management program participants in Bavaria]

Dtsch Med Wochenschr. 2008 Aug;133(33):1667-72. doi: 10.1055/s-0028-1082782.
[Article in German]


Background: Complications and comorbidities of type 2 diabetes account for high costs and reduced life expectancy. There are only incomplete data on the prevalence of those secondary disorders in Germany.

Patients and methods: A total of 390,459 data sets of single patients in Bavaria, who were enrolled to disease management program "type 2 diabetes" between 2004 and 2006, were studied. Data obtained from the initial visit documentation were screened retrospectively and analyzed with statistical methods.

Results: About three-fourths of the diabetic population have hypertension. Adiposity and lipometabolic disorder each are found in half of the population. Macro- and microangiopathic disease each occur in about twenty percent. Calculated prevalences of nephropathy, retinopathy and neuropathy are lower than expected.

Conclusion: Complications of type 2 diabetes were frequently observed in the study population. With regard to neuropathy, nephropathy and retinopathy type-2-diabetics should be examined even more thoroughly.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Comorbidity
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diabetes Complications / epidemiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / epidemiology*
  • Diabetic Angiopathies / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Germany / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Hypertension / epidemiology
  • Lipid Metabolism Disorders / epidemiology
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Retrospective Studies