14 Responses

  1. riva
    riva March 11, 2011 at 7:57 am | | Reply

    Lovely post. Interesting to see yourself reflected in another cultural mirror. Shocking tho if I read the quote correctly that “One in four people in a residents’ home in Germany has diabetes.”

  2. Michael Ratrie
    Michael Ratrie March 11, 2011 at 8:54 am | | Reply


    Thanks for the post. Interesting and disturbing. I would really like to have some of my “leisure time” shifted from stabbing my fingers to walking on the beach!

    Fair Winds,

  3. Anke Tröder
    Anke Tröder March 11, 2011 at 10:11 am | | Reply

    Thank you for your kind comments and wishes.

    The numbers are indeed disturbing, and I must admit I was not aware of that myself until I checked the latest official statements for this post.

    Take care.

  4. Roselady
    Roselady March 11, 2011 at 10:37 am | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. I was expecting to hear that the Germans diet was better — maybe just because it’s European. But, I guess everyone is catching up with America’s bad habits…

  5. Mike Hoskins
    Mike Hoskins March 11, 2011 at 11:06 am | | Reply

    What a great post, and thank you so much for sharing that German perspective with us, Anke. I’m a huge fan of German food (and beer) myself, but had no clue about the variance in measuring carbs and all of that. Those numbers are disturbing, as you say, and it sounds like Germany is a part of this as so many places globally are in changing our way of thinking.

  6. Barbara
    Barbara March 11, 2011 at 11:53 am | | Reply

    Thank you for your insight into Germany and diabetes treatment. I worry that eventually those types of initiatives (no testing for Type 2 nor analog insulin) may find their way here to the US, what with healthcare as it is…
    I also worry about us long termers and who will help in our golden years. The thought of being in a home and dependent on others is disturbing to me. Even in health care facilities, diabetes is poorly understood, especially insulin dependence and Type 1.

  7. Natalie Sera
    Natalie Sera March 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for taking the time to write! The statistics you quote are saddening. But what really disturbs me is the discrimination against Type 2 — as if their disease was somehow “milder” than Type 1. I just read that 30% of Type 1′s, but 40% of Type 2′s get kidney disease. Just where is milder in this equation? One of the things we need to do in this country, and you need to do in Germany is increase advocacy for Type 2′s — Type 1′s pretty much have their act together (they have to!), but in Type 2′s the ignorance is generally appalling (except for those who are on the internet, who are generally very motivated and try very hard). Best of luck to the diabetics in Germany, and keep up the good fight!

  8. Sam
    Sam March 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm | | Reply

    Hmmmm….National Healthcare telling people that testing blood glucose is a leisure activity and not allowing test strips. Sounds like Healthcare RATIONING to me and is what ALWAYS happens under a national healthcare. It has to. Let’s pray we don’t end up like that. Repeal Obamacare and let’s get some REAL reform done that will free up this rediculous system we have now.

  9. Laura
    Laura March 12, 2011 at 7:49 am | | Reply

    “But, I guess everyone is catching up with America’s bad habits”…?!!

    Yeah, Now is the time for America to catch up with Europe’s bad habits of socialized medicine so we can ration test strips and insulin for type 2s…NOT!!
    Give me a break Roselady! Are you really so uninformed that you think America is the bad guy?!

  10. Keith
    Keith March 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm | | Reply

    Good post, Anke, thanks.

  11. Jeanine
    Jeanine June 10, 2011 at 5:30 am | | Reply

    I live in Hamburg and was just told I get 50 testing strips for 3 months and to only test once a week. Just don’t know what to do :-(

  12. Paige
    Paige July 3, 2012 at 11:44 pm | | Reply

    Hi, I stumbled upon this while searching for some information on whether glucose jelly beams are available in Germany. Here in Australia, pharmacies sell them for diabetic and hypoglycaemic patients when they crash… Is there any such product in Germany? They are almost purely glucose, and are very different from regular confectionary…

    Thank you in advance

  13. karl Fenn
    karl Fenn March 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm | | Reply

    I was doing some reseach on diabetes in different parts of the world, I can see in germany you also have a huge increase in diabetes, in 2003 when I statrted to look at figures and said
    that diabetes in england could reach 5, million they thought I was an idiot, but it appears this is all to fast slowly but surely
    comming true, I based my figures on yearly rises, over the last decade we have seen gigantic jumps in percentage
    of diagnosis, it is becomming an epidemic condition, takes
    much of the health care resources, I am hoping soon there will
    be a cure, beter drugs are now becomming available, I wonder
    what the situation will be like in 20 years, curable I hope

  14. karl Fenn
    karl Fenn March 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm | | Reply

    I was just doing some research on german hospitals, with the web cam it makes all things possible, it is clear treatment in germany is at a very high standard, probably the best in europe, I do of course have some reservations about the diabetic care is heading in the UK, in fact those with type 2, diabetes not on insulin do not get meters or test strips they have to buy them, we have a number of high cases of diabetes
    where I live in EA, some time a go they suggested the cause may be genetic and a result of proximity breading, I decided to
    do my own research, and found this was not the case, I found that many people with the condition had moved into the area within the last hundred years from other parts of the UK, it proved this therory to be unreliable, also investigations into background and ancestry proved this to be none conclusive, My grandmother ran a grocers store in the 60′s, we got to know everyone in the community in those day’s as there were
    very shops and no supermarkets, diabetes then was very rare
    indeed, it was also unheard of in schools, or extremely rare,
    with just the very odd case, of course in those day’s diet was
    very different, we only ate three meals per day, there was not
    so much processed food, but lots of fresh vegtables, fish and
    meat, people did not eat,sweets and fast food like they do today, I have been looking at diabetes from the ground level,
    i hold the veiw, the causation is in fact food, or chemicals in
    food, I would not discount, that a person who has deveolped
    diabetes could transfer it genetically once the condition is already established, however I would despute the findings of there being an ancestry genetic causation of the condition in
    everyone, this is a nonsense, the fact is we are seeing an
    explosion of the condition, in the UK and Germany with all
    beit similar statistics, one can only hope science will soon find
    a cure for this condition, it has long term implications to the
    economy which must not be ignored or underestimated.

Leave a Reply