Diabetes funding

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Gestational diabetes which occurs in pregnant women will form part of an investigation.

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) has been recently awarded £22,500 to investigate support for people living with type two diabetes.

This funding is part of a national healthy weight strategy launched by the Scottish Government in 2018.

It is being used to investigate what people living in Argyll and Bute think needs to happen to reduce their risks of getting the disease.

If someone already has a diagnosis, the study may discover what could be done to help them manage their symptoms better.

Type two diabetes is a serious long-term health condition with many debilitating complications, such as visual impairment, circulatory problems and amputations.

This costs the NHS more than a billion pounds each year in Scotland, yet the risk can be reduced.

Alison McGrory, HSCP’s health improvement principal, said: ‘My job is to enable the people of Argyll and Bute to lead healthy and well lives.

‘Type two diabetes is on the rise in Scotland and although we all know a friend or family member with diabetes it is a very serious condition.’

Debbie Kirby, HSCP’s lead dietitian, said: ‘Research has shown that weight loss and maintenance can reduce the risk of type two diabetes.’

People can give their views on a survey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ VJQDKYM