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Rise in diabetes in Scotland

20th August 2012

New figures have revealed that almost 250,000 people in Scotland – some 5% of the population - have diabetes.

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The figures contained in the annual Scottish Diabetes Survey show the number of people with the condition has continued to increase by about 10,000 a year.

Of the 247,278 Scots with diabetes about 217,500 have type 2 diabetes, which is more common among older people and associated with an unhealthy lifestyle.

Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns said: “This survey highlights the increasing number of people with diabetes that is directly related to the ageing of the population and unhealthy lifestyle factors such as obesity.

“Stopping smoking, eating better and taking regular exercise is something we can all do to make sure we are as healthy as possible.”

Diabetes UK said the relentless rise showed that diabetes needed immediate attention as a major public health concern.

Director Jane-Claire Judson said: “Meeting the challenge of diabetes requires the NHS, government and society overall to take action to improve our nation's health, and together we need to ensure that those already diagnosed have the best support and care available.”

MyDiabetesMyWay, a new interactive website, has been developed to help diabetics manage their condition more effectively.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said: “Now everyone living with diabetes in Scotland has the opportunity to view their own clinical diabetes data online.

“I would strongly encourage people living with diabetes to sign up and see for themselves how this valuable resource can support them to self-manage their condition.”

 

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