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 

07 December 2020

Like many of you, our Scotland team began working from home when the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

But we've still been just as busy. We have adapted our services and are offering support and advice in different ways, all with the aim of ensuring that people living with diabetes can live well.

03 September 2020

Since lockdown began, Diabetes Scotland has been hosting online discussion events with diabetes experts and healthcare professionals. 

This autumn, we will be continuing our series of online events on Zoom and invite you to join us.

Events are free to attend but you have to register in advance to confirm your place and receive meeting log in details.  We also welcome questions in advance to email scotland@diabetes.org.uk 

21 August 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 Events are held via Zoom and give you the opportunity to hear from healthcare experts and ask any questions you may have.  

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03 August 2020

Volunteers from across Scotland have been honoured with Inspire Awards in recognition of their dedicated support for the diabetes community. 

Sadly, we could not host our usual celebration event this year but we tried the best we could to capture the magic in online ceremonies held over four evenings.  

We were delighted that over 100 people joined us for at least one of the events, with several people joining us every night.  

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

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.    

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%, 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.

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