Welcome to the Diabetes Scotland news page.  Here you can find out what's been going on in and around Scotland.

Do you have a story to share?  We'd love to hear from you.  Please get in touch by email scotland@diabetes.org.uk or telephone the Scotland office on 0141 245 6380.

Read our archived news stories 

17 January 2024

For those with a passion for both football and making a positive impact, volunteering for Diabetes Scotland within the Football Fans in Training (FFIT) Programme offers a unique avenue for meaningf

In this article, we delve into the experiences of a dedicated volunteer, Blair Dinwoodie, who having lived with type 1 diabetes since 2008 found an inspiring way to contribute to the wellbeing of others.

12 December 2023

Diabetes Scotland has hosted the first in a series of events designed to invite collaboration and innovation around type 2 diabetes prevention.  

The event took place in Inverclyde and linked experts and influencers from the local community with health system leaders and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde health practitioners.

04 December 2023

Christine Ritchie, a local resident from the Highlands, Scotland who lives with type 2 diabetes, recently completed our Swim22 challenge, raising an impressive £728 in the process.

The challenge, which involved swimming the equivalent of crossing the English Channel to France and back, aims to raise awareness and funds for diabetes research and support services.

07 November 2023

An innovative new care hub has opened in Falkirk to support and connect people living with diabetes across Forth Valley.

NHS Forth Valley has opened a new Diabetes Care Hub at Falkirk Community Hospital which has been designed to provide a bright, airy space for people living with diabetes to come together to learn how to manage their condition, away from an acute hospital setting.

24 October 2023

With the theme of this year's #BlackHistoryMonth being 'Saluting Our Sisters,' we thought there was no better way to celebrate it than by highlighting two


20 October 2023

A life-size bronze sculpture of John JR Macleod, the pioneering physiologist who pl

Macleod co-discovered insulin in 1922 and this year marks the centenary of his Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology that he was awarded in 1923 alongside Frederick Banting.

19 October 2023

In a remarkable display of determination, Lucie, a young gymnast from Scotland diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just seven months ago, has won the title of Scottish Regional 3 Champ

Lucie's journey with type 1 diabetes began with a diagnosis that caught her family completely off guard. It was a stark reminder of how diabetes can strike unexpectedly. However, this hasn't deterred Lucie from pursuing her passion for gymnastics and a variety of other sports.

17 October 2023

Diabetes Scotland took part in a key fringe event at this year’s SNP Annual Conference (15-17 October 2023), insisting that inequality in diabetes should not be inevitable and must be reduced.

John Kinnear, National Director of Diabetes Scotland, joined Jenni Minto MSP, Minister for Public Health and Women's Health, to consider how socioeconomic factors are influencing health inequalities and action needed to improve health outcomes.

09 August 2023

Diabetes Scotland has appointed John Kinnear as the charity’s new National Director.

As part of Diabetes UK, Diabetes Scotland supports people living with the condition, campaigns for improved care, and raises money to fund vital research.

John, who moves into the role from a strategic position within Diabetes UK, took up the position on 17 July 2023, replacing Angela Mitchell who is now Head of Scotland at Nesta. 

11 July 2023

You’re likely to have a lot of questions after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Download Diabetes Scotland's Newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes booklet to help you get to grips.

You’re likely to have a lot of questions after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

There’s a lot of information out there and it can be a bit confusing. We’re here to help.

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