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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 

11 June 2020

We know that living with diabetes can be challenging and that you may have lots of questions during this period of uncertainty.

Since lockdown began in March, many routine diabetes appointments have been cancelled or postponed. This can be worrying if you have questions about managing your diabetes and don't know who to ask.

Our Diabetes Online Clinics are held via Zoom and give you the opportunity to hear from experienced clinicians and ask any questions you may have.  

Coming up:

20 April 2020

During this period of social distancing and isolation, it’s very important that we look after both our physical and mental health as best we can. 

We are introducing mindfulness and yoga via online video link this month.

These twice-weekly sessions will be run by Zen yoga and mindfulness teacher Donna Booth of Vitality Retreat, based in the far north of Scotland.    

20 April 2020

Diabetes Scotland supporter Siobhan Smith has written and performed a song all about Diabetes UK while she’s been following social distancing guideli

Siobhan has been writing all sorts of songs over the past few weeks and we’re delighted that she was inspired to write one for us.


20 April 2020

Many of us have a bit more time on our hands at the moment so this is an ideal opportunity to get creative. 

We’ve been inspired by flash graph doodles and thought it would be great to create a digital exhibition of your doodles or any other diabetes inspired artwork.

20 April 2020

People with diabetes in Scotland are encouraged to join new online groups run by Diabetes Scotland while they are staying at home and following social distancing measures.<

We have over 30 local groups across Scotland which offer support to people living with diabetes. Of course, not everyone can attend a group, especially now as we’re advised against all but essential trips out of our homes because of coron

16 April 2020

We are delighted to reveal that there are 57 amazing volunteers and groups nominated for Diabetes Scotland Inspire Awards 2020.

Congratulations and thank you to all of our nominees. Volunteers are at the heart of what we do and we simply could not continue our work without your dedication and support.

The nominations are now with an external panel of judges for consideration. We do not yet know when we will announce the winners, but we still hope to have an Inspire Awards ceremony this year.

11 February 2020

Over 300,000 Scots living with type 2 diabetes, including those yet to be diagnosed. People with type 2 diabetes 50% more likely to die prematurely.

New analysis released today by Diabetes Scotland shows that the number of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Scotland has increased by 40 per cent, from 190,772 to 267,615, between 2008 and 2018.

In addition there are an estimated 34,830 people living with type 2 diabetes who are yet to be diagnosed, bringing the total number up to 302,455.

11 January 2020

This new year, Diabetes Scotland is calling for solutions to the gaps in mental health care for people living with diabetes with the publication of a new guide highlighting

The guide, ‘Emotional wellbeing and diabetes: A way forward’, details areas where mental health care is delivered successfully to people with diabetes.

14 November 2019

Diabetes Scotland is today (Thursday) calling for better support around the emotional and mental health impacts of the condition – as the world marks World Diabetes Day.

Supporters from across Scotland are travelling to the Scottish Parliament to meet Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Jeane Freeman MSP, and share their experiences of how the relentless demands of the condition can adversely affect emotional and mental health.

24 October 2019

A Type 1 diabetes diagnosis can be challenging for the whole family. That’s why having a support network who understand what you’re going through is a lifeline.

There are nine active Diabetes Scotland family groups. One of the newest groups to join is Forth Valley T1 Families. Launched in spring this year, the group has already hosted nine events from arts and crafts to trampolining. They have also organised meet ups for parents only and a teen event where they enjoyed a Segway Tour.

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