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Thousands living with diabetes in DG

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By Lisa Barbour

A TOTAL of 8968 people are living with diabetes across Dumfries and Galloway.

And figures released by Diabetes Scotland show that the number of people with the condition has reached an all-time high nationally – with 276,430 people registered as having diabetes in 2014.
Around ten per cent of these are living with type one diabetes, while 88 per cent have type two.
Jane-Claire Judson, national director of Diabetes Scotland, said: “Since 2008 there has been a 25 per cent increase in the number of people living with diabetes in Scotland.
“While this trend itself is of great concern, a major issue facing people living with diabetes is the lack of provision and access to good diabetes education.”
She added: “We must get better at offering education to people who are living with diabetes and help them to manage this serious, complex and often overwhelming condition.
“It is crucial that education is made available both at the point of diagnosis and beyond as the education needs of people already living with the condition can change over time.”

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