19 Aug 2012
New statistics published in the annual Scottish Diabetes Survey show that almost a quarter of a million people in Scotland now have diabetes.
The number of Scots with the condition has continued to increase by about 10,000 a year, with a total of 247,278 people now reported to have diabetes.
The majority have Type 2 diabetes, a form of the disease commonly linked to an unhealthy lifestyle.
Scottish Conservative health spokesman and deputy leader Jackson Carlaw MSP said:
“Worryingly, this is another indication that Scotland still has a long way to go if we are to see improvements in people’s diet and activity levels.
“These figures show that we have an obesity timebomb ticking away, which could have a major impact on future health spending.
“Clearly, early intervention from the health service is vital to slowing the increase in the number of diabetes cases.”