Almost a quarter of a million people in Scotland now have diabetes, new figures have revealed.
Statistics published in the annual Scottish Diabetes Survey show that the number of people with the condition has continued to increase by about 10,000 a year.
A total of 247,278 people now have diabetes - almost 5% of the population.
The majority of these people, some 217,500, have type 2 diabetes, a form of the disease which can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle and which is also more common among older people.
Dr Jennifer Logue, a clinician scientist in metabolic medicine, spoke to Scotland Tonight about the importance of a healthy lifestyle to preventing the disease.
She said: "I think it’s only going to get worse unless something serious is done about the obesity epidemic."
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