New web weapon in diabetes battle

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AN initiative to allow people with diabetes to monitor their condition online was unveiled today as figures showed the number of Scots with diabetes continues to rise.

There are now more than 247,000 people with diabetes in Scotland – 4.7 per cent of the population. The majority – 217,500, or 88 per cent – have type 2 diabetes which can often be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and is also more common in older people.

The new campaign, run in partnership with Diabetes UK, shows how a new online tool called MyDiabetesMyWay will help people manage their conditions more effectively through videos, educational tools and games.

In a world first, the interactive website also allows people to view their up-to-date clinic results, treatments and advice online.

Public health minister Michael Matheson said: “Diabetes is a growing problem for Scotland – around £300 million of hospital expenditure relates to diabetes treatment and the management of complications.

“I would strongly encourage people to see for themselves how this valuable resource can support them to manage their condition. Not only will this mean they can live longer, healthier lives it will also protect NHS resources.”