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Question reference: S4W-06825

  • Asked by: Humza Yousaf, MSP for Glasgow, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 20 April 2012
  • Current status: Answered by Michael Matheson on 3 May 2012


To ask the Scottish Executive how many people have type (a) 1 and (b) 2 diabetes, broken down by Scottish official ethnicity classification.


This information is not centrally held.

The Scottish Diabetes Survey 2010, published on 13 June 2011, indicates there are 237,468 people in Scotland with diabetes, roughly equating to 4.6% of the Scottish population. Most, around 88% (208,279), have type 2 diabetes, and around 12% (27,910), have type 1 diabetes. It does not however offer a breakdown by ethnic group.

The Diabetes Action Plan, published in 2010, contains an action to improve reporting on diabetes outcomes specific to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. The Scottish Diabetes Survey Group is due to produce a report on clinical outcomes for people from minority ethnic groups later in 2012-13.