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Diabetes Scotland Campaigns


Campaigning for change

More than 312,000 people in Scotland live with diabetes. It is one of the fastest growing and potentially most devastating health crises of our time, with the number of people diagnosed having more than doubled in the last 20 years.

Diabetes Scotland campaigns to make sure diabetes is kept high on the political agenda. We lobby for improvements and raise awareness of diabetes and issues which affect people living with the condition through activity in the Scottish Parliament.

Rates of diabetes are 80% higher in our most deprived communities and people living in poverty are more than twice as likely to develop life-changing complications such as heart problems and strokes. This doesn’t have to be the case.

It’s estimated that the NHS in Scotland spends £1 billion on diabetes care, 10% of its budget. 80% of this is preventable.

In our recent survey of over 1,000 people living with diabetes, one in five said they are having difficulty accessing key diabetes technology that can vastly improve your life. 

Structural factors make it difficult, sometimes impossible, for people to make healthy choices. If we want to reduce instances of type 2 diabetes, and the significant burden on the NHS, we need cross-government and cross-system action that shows Scotland is addressing the social determinants of health. That’s why we’re calling for a bold and unique Scottish Government strategy to tackle this. We can lead the way on diabetes care and support once again.

We believe that everyone should be able to have what they need to live healthy lives – and it’s time to make that happen.


Our Diabetes Voices page lists many opportunities for you to make your voice heard.

We also act as the secretariat to the Diabetes Cross-Party Group, which is open to everyone. Feel free to come along and share your experiences of living with diabetes.

National standard for diabetes care that includes emotional support 

As part of a UK wide campaign, we're calling for emotional support to be part of routine diabetes care in Scotland. Find out our recommendations and examples of best practice in Scotland on our campaign page.


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