Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today marked World Diabetes Day by warning that boosting education and support is essential to tackling the "epidemic" of diabetes as a new report suggests that it is an issue that touches 1 in 5 people.
The new Future of Diabetes report from Diabetes Scotland warns that over 276,000 people are living with diabetes, 500,000 are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and 45,500 are living with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes. This means that along with their friends, families and other networks; the diabetes community comes to over one million. The report published today calls on the Scottish Government to commit to making diabetes a national outcome - one of the means by which the health and wellbeing of the nation is measured.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
"Diabetes affects hundreds of thousands of people across Scotland. That’s more than dementia and cancer combined and it is rising at an epidemic rate.
"This new report makes a series of essential recommendations for the Scottish Government to consider. In particular it is essential that we boost education around type 2 diabetes to let people know how they can reduce their chances of developing the condition.
"We need to make sure that new technology is readily available and invest in preventative measures to ensure that this issue is tackled at the source rather than allowed to spread."