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Scottish Diabetes Survey results expose diabetes as a major concern

In Scotland almost a quarter of a million people have diabetes and this figure has continued to increase by 10,000 cases per year, according to recently published statistics from the Scottish Diabetes Survey.

Director of Diabetes UK, Jane-Claire Judson commented, “The relentless rise in people diagnosed means that diabetes deserves immediate attention as a major public health concern. 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.”

In order to coordinate efforts to reduce the burden of diabetes, NHS Scotland has launched MyDiabetesMyWay, a campaign rolled out in partnership with Diabetes UK. It is the world’s first interactive website dedicated to providing people with diabetes a resource to help them to understand, manage and monitor their diabetes. The site supplies patients with their most recent clinic results and information about treatment and lifestyle changes. Visitors to the site are informed “It is important to know your personal goals and to be aware of the status of your control to stay healthy with diabetes.” 

Scottish Minister for Public Health and Sport, Michael Matheson stated, “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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