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World Diabetes Day 2017

Diabetes prevalence (spread of the disease) and incidence (new cases) as well as diabetes-related mortality rates are crucial for continuously monitoring the disease on a population level. They therefore represent the core indicators of the Diabetes Surveillance System in Germany currently set up at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). In the Journal of Health Monitoring, RKI researchers provide all available information concerning prevalence, incidence and diabetes-related mortality in adults in Germany for several decades.


For example, the prevalence of known diabetes remained below 1 % until the 1960s. However, current nationwide estimates for Germany are much higher and range between 7.2 % (population aged 18 to 79 years, based on health examination surveys of RKI) and 9.9 % (among all age groups, based on statutory health insurance data). The increase of known diabetes mellitus can be explained by a population-wide increase of obesity and other risk factors, by the demographic ageing and by an improved early diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. By RKI’s health monitoring with its continuous health surveys, it is also possible to reveal the development of unknown (not yet diagnosed) diabetes and diabetes-related mortality.

Date: 13.11.2017

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What we do

What we do

The Robert Koch Institute is the public health institute in Germany. Around 1,080 people including 450 scientists work here. Learn more about the tasks and projects of the institute’s departments and units.

International Activities

International Activities

The Robert Koch Institute is a global health hub. The institute cooperates closely with partner countries and institution from all over the world in order to investigate pathogens, tackle outbreaks, provide reliable diagnostics, train staff and more.

Health reporting

Health reporting

Robert Koch Institute's federal health reporting continuously informs about the health status of people in Germany - in various reports as well as in the Journal of Public Health (available also in English).

Virus Explorer image database

Virus Explorer image database

The Virus Explorer for diagnostic electron microscopy (DEM) is an offline database by RKI containing images of viruses relevant in infectious diseases of humans. It can be used for diagnostic as well as training and teaching purposes.

History of the Robert Koch Institute

History of the Robert Koch Institute

The Robert Koch Institute is one of the oldest bio­medi­cal re­search institutes in the world. Learn more about its his­tory and its first direc­tor, Robert Koch.

German Centre for Cancer Registry Data

German Centre for Cancer Registry Data

The German Centre for Cancer Registry Data at RKI combines, checks and analyses data from the population-based cancer registries of the German federal states.