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Action plan set to help diabetics
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About 90% of diabetics have Type 2 diabetes
A three-year plan to improve care for people with diabetes has been announced by the Scottish Executive.

Diabetes is now at epidemic proportions in Scotland, where 170,000 people are living with the condition.

It is estimated there could be 500,000 people in Scotland with diabetes within the next 10 years.

The plan includes a promise to improve services for people with Type 1 diabetes and provide support to help patients adopt healthier lifestyles.

There will also be improved access to education and information which will allow more people to manage the condition themselves.

Andy Kerr
This action plan sets out a challenging vision for the next three years
Andy Kerr
Health Minister

Launching the measures at Leith Treatment Centre in Edinburgh, Health Minister Andy Kerr said: "Diabetes care in Scotland has improved dramatically in recent years.

"I believe that this action plan will continue to drive this forward.

"This is all about using healthy living education to prevent people getting diabetes, identifying those with diabetes at early stage as well as delivering first-class services for those who have the condition.

"This action plan sets out a challenging vision for the next three years.

"However, by working with healthcare professionals, the voluntary sector and patients, we can ensure improved diabetes care."

There are two main types of diabetes.

Type 1 usually develops in childhood but Type 2 diabetes, which accounts for almost 90% of cases, usually occurs later in life and is more common in people who are overweight.

'Making a difference'

The plan was welcomed by Professor Andrew Morris, lead clinician for diabetes in Scotland.

"We have already demonstrated that through nationwide collaboration we are beginning to make a real difference to the lives of people with diabetes in Scotland," he said.

Audrey Birt, director of Diabetes UK Scotland, added: "The updated framework reflects many of the concerns highlighted in consultations with people living with diabetes in Scotland - the need to recognise more fully the needs of people living with Type 1 diabetes and priority being given to areas such as psychological support and foot care."

NHS Lothian and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation have also backed the plan.




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