Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has shown her support for the UN World Diabetes Day which takes place on Monday 14th November. 

Commenting on the awareness event, Linda said “Given the escalating diabetes epidemic it is important that awareness is raised of the condition and this year, the campaign is concerned with diabetes in children and adolescents.

“Many people are unaware that babies and toddlers can be sufferers and we have to remember that diabetes is a potentially killer disease, so the more people are aware of the condition, the symptoms and treatments available the better.

“For those wishing to learn more, please visit:www.worlddiabetesday.org.”

Linda also welcomed the announcement from Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon to improve the availability of insulin pumps for type 1 diabetics.

The Cabinet Secretary for Health said “One of the biggest challenges in the health service today is the rising incidence of diabetes. Nearly 10% of hospital spending now goes on treating diabetes and the complications it causes.  The health consequences for patients of not managing the condition properly can be devastating. 

“It is now widely accepted that insulin pumps can make a real difference to the ability of people with type 1 diabetes to manage their condition and prevent complications.  They don’t work for everyone but clinical guidelines say that far more people in Scotland should have access to them than is currently the case. Right now, only about 2.5% of patients have them. 

“So I make this commitment that by 2013, 25% of all type 1 diabetes sufferers under the age of 18 will have access to insulin pumps and over the next three years the Scottish Government will triple the total number available to sufferers of all ages to more than 2,000 – improving the quality of life for patients right across Scotland.”

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