1. ITV Report

Diabetes increase in Scots

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.

The Scottish Diabetes Survey published today 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.

"We also need to maintain focus on preventing diabetes by tackling the underlying risk factors. Stopping smoking, eating better and taking regular exercise is something we can all do to make sure we are as healthy as possible."

– Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer in Scotland

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."

"Even with the pressures of ever increasing numbers, as indicated today in the new Scottish Diabetes Survey, everyone diagnosed with diabetes is entitled to the best diabetes care possible. Diabetes UK Scotland has developed a set of 15 Healthcare essentials that all those living with the condition should receive. Making sure everyone with diabetes has access to these key services and support systems in place is vital for all those diagnosed."

– Jane-Claire Judson, Director of Diabetes UK

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.

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."

– Michael Matheson MSP, Scotland's Public Health Minister