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 State of the Nation 2015

Variations in essential diabetes care increases risk to tens of thousands of people developing complications, research by Diabetes Scotland shows.

In the State of the Nation 2015 report, The Age of Diabetes, Diabetes Scotland, highlights variations in essential diabetes care across Scotland that threatens to increase the risk to tens of thousands of people developing complications such as retinopathy, kidney disease or amputation.

Based on findings from the Scottish Diabetes Survey and Diabetes UK’s own internal research, State of the Nation Scotland highlights that:

  • Across all Health Boards, people who have Type 1 diabetes receive fewer checks than people who have Type 2 diabetes, 
  • Since 2008, there has been a 25 per cent increase in the numbers of people diagnosed with diabetes,
  • Over 276,000 people in Scotland now have diabetes, 5.2 per cent of the population a further estimated 45,500 people are estimated to have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it,
  • According to current trends by 2035 more than 480,000 people in Scotland will living with diabetes ,
  • There are more people diagnosed every year and living with diabetes than coronary heart disease, 
  • Another 500,000 people in Scotland are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Scotland is asking the Scottish Government to implement a new set of top level commitments to meet the challenge of delivering excellent diabetes care to everyone diagnosed and enhance delivery of the current Diabetes Improvement Plan.