Since 2018, an annual survey is conducted to assess the use of diabetes technology in Germany. In this year’s evaluation of current use of diabetes technology, 326 diabetologists participated in the online survey. On average, the participating diabetologists reported that they had 189 people with type 1 diabetes and 850 people with type 2 diabetes in their clinical unit. We compared the use of insulin pumps (CSII), Flash Sensor-based Glucose Monitoring use (FSGM) and real-time Continuous Glucose Monitoring (rtCGM) in 2018 and 2019. In type 1 diabetes, the number of insulin pump users rose from 56 to 75 persons per clinical unit representing an increase of 34%, the number of FSGM users increased by 38% from 81 to 112 persons per clinical unit, and the number of rtCGM users rose by 76% from 33 to 58 persons per clinical unit. Per clinical unit, three users with a commercially available closed loop system and on average one user with a self-constructed closed loop system were reported. In the year 2019 the diabetologist reported that 22.3% of all persons type 1 diabetes used rtCGM; 44.2% used FSGM and 27.9% were CSII users. Overall 67% of type 1 diabetes used one of these key diabetes technologies. In type 2 diabetes, FSGM was the most common used diabetes technology. Its use increased by 38% from 81 to 112 persons per clinical unit; insulin pumps were rather rarely used with only 4 and 3 users per unit in 2018 and 2019, respectively. rtCGM was only used by 10 persons per clinical unit in 2019, representing an increase of 25% compared to 2018. In type 2 diabetes the overall the use of diabetes technology was much smaller than in type 1 diabetes; 1% were rtCGM users, 12% used FSGM and only 0.3% used CSII. The use of diabetes technology is clearly more prominent in type 1 diabetes, in which 2 out of 3 persons are using at least one of the key diabetes technologies. There is also a clear trend of an increased use of diabetes technology in type 1 and type 2 diabetes in Germany.
L. Heinemann: Consultant; Self; Becton, Dickinson and Company, LifeCare, Inc., Roche Diabetes Care. Stock/Shareholder; Self; Profil Institute for Clinical Research. N. Hermanns: Advisory Panel; Self; Roche Diabetes Care. Research Support; Self; Abbott, AstraZeneca, Berlin-Chemie AG. D. Ehrmann: Speaker’s Bureau; Self; Abbott, Berlin-Chemie AG, Glooko, Inc. Other Relationship; Self; Dexcom, Inc., Roche Diabetes Care. B. Kulzer: Research Support; Self; Abbott, AstraZeneca, Berlin-Chemie AG, Roche Diabetes Care. Speaker’s Bureau; Self; Abbott, Ascensia Diabetes Care, Berlin-Chemie AG, Eli Lilly and Company, Medtronic, Novo Nordisk Inc., Roche Diabetes Care.