North East MSP Richard Baker has highlighted worrying statistics on the prevalence of diabetes ahead of World Diabetes Day which was held on Friday, November 14.
In the Grampian Health Board area there are over 25,000 people who are diagnosed with Diabetes but it is estimated that another 4500 are not yet diagnosed with the illness.
According to experts the major causes of the illness are diet and obesity and Mr Baker highlighted the need for early intervention and support for active lifestyles.
Mr Baker said: “World Diabetes Day is a handy reminder that we – as a society – need to do more to tackle the prevalence of this disease. Diabetes causes misery to many people and despite much better treatment and diagnosis there are still issues with both managing the condition and the thousands of folk in Grampian still not diagnosed.
“With almost 5000 people without a diagnosis the chances of even more serious conditions emerging in those patients are raised. The NHS in Grampian is under huge pressure but good diagnosis is a cost saving measure in the long term.
“Diet and exercise are hugely important to tackling the onset of diabetes and active lifestyles are a major factor in preventing diabetes. That is why it is so disappointing to see the Scottish Government’s recent proposal to cut the support for sustainable and active travel budget by 15 per cent.”