Lecture: „Diabetes and Obesity 2021 – Challenges and New Approaches” (Lecture language: English)
During the Corona pandemic, more than half of Germans moved less. 40 % gained an average of 5.6 kg – among people with obesity, the figure was even 7.2 kg. Obesity and lack of exercise are important risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes and contribute to many health consequences such as fatty liver, hypertension, cardiovascular disease or even a severe course of COVID-19. Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Christian Berg from the UMFST-UMCH Teaching Hospital in Mettmann is concerned about this development. Given the close connection between obesity and diabetes, his lecture is therefore dedicated to the motto “Diabetes and obesity – together through thick and thin”. “The motto is primarily intended to signal that we support people with diabetes and/or obesity even in difficult times and offer them the best possible therapy and support on an individual basis”, says Berg. The event will function as Berg’s inaugural lecture, launching his tenure as an honorary professor at the university. During the event, he will also receive his official certificate from Dean Assoc. Prof. Simona Muresan, MD, PhD.
The event will primarily highlight new therapeutic strategies, for example in the area of weight regulation. However, the focus will also be on promising developments in diabetes technology, such as closed-loop systems that enable automated insulin dispensing. According to Berg, the psychosocial and public health aspects of diabetes and obesity are also of great importance.
Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Berg is Chief Physician at the Center for Internal Medicine at the Protestant Hospital Mettmann. In the course of his medical education and training, he received several awards, including sponsorship prizes and a one-year research fellowship in Manchester, which he used to research hormone effects that trigger diabetes. During his time as a resident, Prof. Berg was trained as a multi-specialty physician at the University Hospital of Essen. Since 2010, he has held an additional qualification as an endocrinologist and diabetologist, which allows him to focus on the treatment of patients with diseases of the thyroid gland and bone metabolism, as well as those with diseases of the pituitary gland and adrenal glands. As a diabetologist, he specializes in all aspects of diabetes mellitus – from prevention to the use of new drug therapies. Since 2012, Prof. Berg has also specialized in vascular medicine (Angiology), which means that he primarily treats patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease and thrombosis.
He has contributed to numerous specialist publications, given speeches and presentations on a national and international level and worked as a university lecturer. In addition, Berg is involved on a voluntary basis in the Hospice Support Association Essen (“Hospizförderverein Essen”) and in the German Diabetes Aid (“Deutsche Diabetes-Hilfe”).
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