More Scots diagnosed with diabetes

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More people in Scotland being diagnosed with the illness 

15th June 2015 by Robert Armour 0 Comments

Diabetes is on the rise in Scotland - despite awareness about the condition increasing.

New figures released for Diabetes Week (14-20 June), show that there were 17,200 people newly diagnosed in Scotland.

Some 276,430 people were registered with diabetes in 2014 - an increase of more than 8,200 compared to the previous year.

Type 2 remains the most prevalent form of the disease with 88% suffering from it, while 105 have type 1.

An estimated 45,500 people in Scotland are living with undiagnosed type 2, around 2%.

Jane-Claire Judson, national director of Diabetes Scotland, said: "Since 2008 there has been a 25% increase in the number of people living with diabetes in Scotland.

"While this trend itself is of great concern, a major issue facing people living with diabetes is the lack of provision and access to good diabetes education.

"We acknowledge there have been improvements in patient education in recent years and the issue was highlighted in the Scottish Government's recent Diabetes Improvement Plan 2014.

"However, more needs to be done to ensure that every person diagnosed with diabetes is given the opportunity for structured education to help them learn how to manage the condition well."

Diabetes Scotland believes up to 80% of complications could potentially be avoided through better management of the condition.

The charity said NHS Scotland spends £1 billion each year treating diabetes, the majority of this on what it said were avoidable complications.

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