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Diabetology is the medical specialty that deals with the treatment of diabetes mellitus .

Professions in diabetology

Medical professions

In West Germany , diabetology was not a recognized specialty or additional qualification until 2003 . There were only private law training courses and certificates, e.g. B. those of the German Diabetes Society , such as "Diabetologe DDG" or "Diabetesberater DDG". These terms cannot be used according to medical professional law.

However, since 2003 there have been contractual agreements in some German federal states (e.g. Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia) between the health insurance funds and associations of statutory health insurance physicians , which aim to define formal criteria for diabetes specialists. For example, doctors in private practice in Bavaria can train themselves to become a diabetologically qualified general practitioner , via the previous DDG training plus a further 33 hours of advanced training courses. You can then use the name publicly and receive additional lump sums for the treatment of diabetes patients.

The model advanced training regulations, amended in 2003, also contain an additional designation “diabetology”. Doctors who have worked primarily in diabetology for at least one and a half years and who have passed an examination by the Medical Association are allowed to lead them. In October 2005, however, not all federal states had adopted the regulation in their further training regulations.

In the GDR , diabetology was already a key name within internal medicine. As part of the harmonization, the West German internal medicine sub-area of endocrinology , which previously included forms of diabetes, was officially expanded to include diabetology in the mid-1990s (specialist in internal medicine, with a focus on endocrinology and diabetology). Thus there are currently three different types of diabetologist: diabetologist according to DDG, internist with a focus on endocrinology and diabetology and the doctor with additional qualifications in diabetology.

Assistant professions in diabetology

The German Diabetes Society offers the following training courses as medical assistant professions, which are mainly carried out in a diabetological practice or in a specialist diabetes clinic:

Diabetes advisor

The diabetes advisor looks after, advises, trains and accompanies people of all ages with diabetes mellitus, taking into account their physical, social, cultural, spiritual and emotional needs. The prerequisite is a completed training in certain professions (health / nurse, pediatric nurse, geriatric nurse, podiatrist, dietician, qualified oecotrophologist FH / oecotrophologist FH medical assistant or MTA in connection with the authorization, the designation To be allowed to lead diabetes advisor DDG or KV). In addition, proof of one year of activity in the care of patients with diabetes mellitus under the supervision of a diabetologist must be available; Therapy and training programs must be carried out in practical work. Proof of a full-time position or at least a 60% position is required for further training (otherwise the practical period of further training is extended to 18 months).

Diabetes assistant

The diabetes assistant trains and advises patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in a team together with a doctor and supports his / her activities in the care of patients with type 1 diabetes. The prerequisite for further training is a completed training as a doctor's assistant, geriatric nurse or nursing assistant, but other medical professions are also recognized as valid prerequisites.

Diabetology journals

Trade journals

  • Diabetology and metabolism . Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, official German-language organ of the German Diabetes Society DDG, six issues a year
  • Diabetes, metabolism and heart . Kirchheim-Verlag, advanced training magazine for cardiodiabetology and associated subjects, six issues a year
  • Diabetes Congress Report . Congress magazine for the field of "metabolic syndrome" diabetology, hypertension, cardiology, nephrology and metabolism, six issues a year
  • The diabetologist . Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, advanced training, reviews, CME advanced training, eight issues a year
  • InFo diabetology . Springer Medicine / Urban and Vogel, Munich, six issues a year

Popular magazines

  • Diabetes Journal . Kirchheim-Verlag, Mainz, for diabetics and those interested, twelve issues a year
  • Diabetes guide . Wort und Bild Verlag, Baierbrunn, pharmacy magazine for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and those interested, twelve issues per year
  • FOCUS diabetes . Focus Magazin Verlag, Munich, medical guide and lifestyle magazine for people with diabetes and those interested, four issues a year
  • Insulin . Journal of diabetics for diabetics, Insuliner-Verlag, Dreisbach, four issues in the year, 1982-2018, will be continued as a blog


  • Andreas Thomas: The Diabetes Research Book , Verlag Kirchheim, Mainz 2006, ISBN 978-3-87409-411-5
  • Michael Nauck, Georg Brabant, Hans Hauner: Kursbuch Diabetologie (course and examination content of the advanced training to become a diabetologist DDG) . 2nd Edition. Verlag Kirchheim, Mainz 2008, ISBN 978-3-87409-435-1

Web links

Commons : Diabetology  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Diabetology  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

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