New figures show that Dumfries and Galloway has the highest rate of diabetes in Scotland.
5.51% of the people living in South West Scotland suffer from the condition, a total of 8,168.
The national average in Scotland is 4.74%, which is 247,278 people.
In the Scottish Borders, 4.87% of the population has diabetes, which is 5,493 people.
The statistics in NHS Scotland’s annual Scottish Diabetes Survey show the number of people with the condition is increasing by about 10,000 a year.
Health officials say the increase is mainly due to an increasing elderly population.
Diabetes is a long-term condition caused by too much glucose, a type of sugar, in the blood.
If left untreated it can cause many different health problems, as large amounts of glucose can damage blood vessels, nerves and organs.
A new online resource, MyDiabetesMyWay** has been developed to help diabetics manage their condition more effectively.
In what is said to be a world first, the interactive website will allow them to view their latest clinic results online, along with treatment advice.