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Website helps people with diabetes self manage

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With diabetes on the increase in Scotland a new website has been launched to help people manage the condition more effectively.

MyDiabetesMyWay - www.mydiabetesmyway.scot.nhs.uk/ - is an interactive website that allows people with the disease to view their latest clinic results online and also get the latest treatment advice.

The website has been launched as new figures emerged showing nearly a quarter of a million people in Scotland now have diabetes - a total of 247,278, which is almost 5% of the population.

Data from the annual Scottish Diabates Survey shows that the number of people with diabetes has continued to rise by around 10,000 year-on-year.

Most of those with the condition have type 2 diabetes, which can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and is also more common amongst older people. More than half (55.4%) of those with type 2 diabetes whose body mass index had been recorded were classed as being obese while 31.7% were overweight.

Chief medical officer Sir Harry Burns, Scotland’s top doctor, said: “The Scottish Diabetes Survey published today highlights the increasing number of people with diabetes that is directly related to the ageing of the population and unhealthy lifestyle factors such as obesity.”

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