Diabetes in Scotland

Welcome to Diabetes in Scotland

Diabetes presents a serious health challenge for Scotland.

Managing the growing prevalence of diabetes in Scotland and around the world is a serious clinical challenge. At the end of 2018  there were 304,375 people diagnosed with diabetes of all types in Scotland. This represents 5.6% of the population of all ages.

In 2014 the Scottish Diabetes Improvement Plan was launched. It’s implementation is coordinated by the Scottish Diabetes Group (SDG).

Our vision is for all people with diabetes in Scotland to:

  • live longer and healthier lives;
  • feel confident and able to self-manage their diabetes day to day;
  • have equitable access to timely help and support when required.

Who we are




Clinical Hub

Diabetes Improvement Plan

The Scottish Diabetes Improvement Plan is available here.

The Diabetes Improvement Plan was developed in conjunction with key diabetes stakeholders, clinicians and policy makers and sets out the direction 85 organisations and many individuals provided helpful responses which were analysed and collated by the relevant subgroup of the Scottish Diabetes Group. The Improvement Plan continues the work set out in the 2010 Diabetes Action Plan and contributes to the Scottish Government’s Quality Strategy and 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care.