GEHWOL Diabetes Report

GEHWOL Diabetes Report On behalf of GEHWOL, the two market research companies IDS Germany and INSIGHT HEALTH surveyed doctors and diabetics every two years about risk awareness, performing important foot care measures, and recommended early detection and diagnosis measures as part of interdisciplinary diabetic care. A total of 123 doctors treating 3,119 diabetics were surveyed for the 2019 report. 33 percent of diabetics do not know that they need to do something for their feet. Four years ago the figure was 63 percent, two years ago it was 44 percent. Risk awareness has thus improved. This is good news. But the number of diabetics who are not or only insufficiently informed is still far too high. There is actually a clear plan. Once diabetes is diagnosed in a patient, he should receive training and learn to check his feet and keep them injury-free with care. In Germany this concerns six to eight million diabetics. Expand diabetic training and podology care. The National Care Guideline for Diabetic Feet specifies training. But the reality looks different. Not even half of all diabetics have received such training - a structural problem. For only about 25 percent of podologists participate in care within the statutory health insurance system. This amounts to about 5,000 specialists. It doesn't take much to know that this is not sufficient in view of the rising diabetes case counts in Germany. Not even every second diabetic person receives podology care at this time. Therefore, the profession would urgently require an upgrade. Also, more patients would need to receive training by a diabetes consultant. Podologists are often the first point of contact and must be sufficiently qualified in order to instruct patients in independent foot care.
"Risk factors for foot wounds
About one quarter of German diabetics are deemed to be patients at risk. That is, they are at high risk of developing a foot injury or wound. In 8,500 diabetics per year, this diabetic foot syndrome results in complete amputation of the foot
"Closer monitoring
In order to identify patients at risk of diabetic foot problems at an early time, certain predefined preventive measures are necessary. Diagnostic measures are largely implemented, however not always with the recommended frequency. However this is a mandatory requirement for specific prevention in addition to training patients in foot care and providing podological care. Diabetics without neuropathy or circulation problems should see their doctor once a year
Read more results from the GEHWOL Diabetes Report here. Affected persons can find valuable information and practical tips on therapy-supporting skin care in diabetics in our guide.