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Living well and managing your diabetes means being well informed, and a new campaign from Diabetes UK Scotland and the Scottish Government is highlighting the support available from pharmacies, online, and from Diabetes UK.

For advice on medication, blood glucose monitoring, prescriptions and much more talk to your pharmacist.

My Diabetes My Wayis a new online tool to help you manage your condition more effectively through videos, educational tools and games containing information about diabetes. The My Diabetes My Way website is a world first, and allows people with diabetes to interactively view their up-to-date clinic results, treatments and advice online.

Access information and support, and share your experiences, by calling Diabetes UK Scotland’s Careline.

Quarter of a million diagnosed

The new campaign comes as figures published in the Scottish Diabetes Survey 2011show that the number of people with diabetes in Scotland continues to increase by around 10,000 each year. There are now over 247,000 people with diabetes in Scotland – 4.7 per cent of the population.

"Relentless rise"

Jane-Claire Judson, the National Director of Diabetes UK Scotland, said, "The relentless rise in people diagnosed means that diabetes deserves immediate attention as a major public health concern. Meeting the challenge of diabetes requires the NHS, Government, and society overall to take action to improve our nation's health. Together, we need to ensure that those already diagnosed have the best support and care available.

"Even with the pressures of ever-increasing numbers, as indicated today in the new Scottish Diabetes Survey, everyone diagnosed with diabetes is entitled to the best diabetes care possible.

15 healthcare essentials

"Diabetes UK has developed a set of 15 healthcare essentials that all those living with the condition should receive. Making sure everyone with diabetes has access to these key services and support systems is vital for all those diagnosed."

Campaign posters, leaflets and advice are available in pharmacies across Scotland until the end of September.

"Valuable resource"

Scotland’s Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said, "Everyone living with diabetes in Scotland has the opportunity to view their own clinical diabetes data online. And by having access to the right information, people can be supported to self-manage and radically reduce the risk of developing complications and serious health problems.

"I strongly encourage people living with diabetes to sign up and see for themselves how this valuable resource can support them to self manage their condition. Not only will this mean they can live longer, healthier lives, it will also protect NHS resources."

"Tackling underlying risk factors"

Chief Medical Officer Sir Harry Burns added, "The Scottish Diabetes Survey published today highlights the increasing number of people with diabetes – an increase that is directly related to the ageing of the population and unhealthy lifestyle factors such as obesity.

"We also need to maintain focus on preventing diabetes by tackling the underlying risk factors. Stopping smoking, eating better and taking regular exercise are things we can all do to make sure we are as healthy as possible."

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