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Children with diabetes mellitus type 2 in Europe: an underserved population
  1. T Reinehr1,
  2. W Kiess2,
  3. T Kapellen2,
  4. S Wiegand3,
  5. R W Holl4
  6. on behalf of the APV and DPV Wiss Study Group and German Competence Net Obesity
  1. 1Department of Pediatric Nutrition Medicine, Vestische Children's Hospital, University of Witten/Herdecke, Datteln, Germany
  2. 2Department of Pediatrics, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
  3. 3Charité Children's Hospital, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  4. 4Department of Epidemiology, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Professor T Reinehr, Department of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition Medicine, Vestische Hospital for Children and Adolescents, University of Witten/Herdecke, Dr F Steiner Street 5, 45711 Datteln, Germany; t.reinehr{at}

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Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in children and adolescents are increasing worldwide. However, our medical care system seems to be inadequate to care for children with T2DM according to two large multicentre databases for obese children (APV) and children with diabetes (DPV) in Central Europe (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) summarising the quality of care in specialised diabetes and obesity treatment centres (registered children and adolescents aged 2–20 years: 54 595 overweight children in APV, 46 693 children with diabetes mellitus type 1 or 2 in DPV). The great majority of specialised paediatric diabetes and obesity treatment centres (>95%) in Central …

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  • Funding TR, WK, SW and RH received grant support from the German Competence Net Obesity, which is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (grant number 01 GI0839).

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted in each treatment centre.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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