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The number of patients diagnosed with diabetes in Scotland continues to grow

New statistics from the Scottish Diabetes Survey show that 228,004 people in Scotland now have diabetes 

The growing numbers diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes accounts for the largest element of the increase.  199,264 now have Type 2 diabetes, up from 190,772 in 2008.

Being overweight or obese is attributed by the survey as one of the strongest factors behind the increase as well as an ageing population.  The survey also suggests that more people are diagnosed with Type 2 at a younger age and some people are being diagnosed before symptoms develop.

The numbers of people recorded as having Type 1 diabetes dropped slightly from 27,464 in 2008 to 27,367. It is thought that this drop is due to Health Boards validating their records more thoroughly.

The survey reports that there is a continuation of the 40 year gradual increase in the incidence of Type 1 diabetes and the numbers of people surviving with Type 1 is also increasing as a result of better blood glucose control.

Alarming figures

"These are truly alarming figures," said Jane-Claire Judson, Diabetes UK Scotland's National Director. "While some of the growth can be accounted for by an ageing population, the major cause for the increasing numbers diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is our country's obesity crisis.

"Many people do not realise how serious diabetes can be. It causes heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and blindness, and more deaths in the UK than breast and prostate cancer combined."

The figures come as new SIGN guidelines on the treatment of diabetes in Scotland were published. The guidance updates the new drugs available and other services such as insulin pumps which should be available in Scotland.

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