Welcome to the Diabetes section of the NHS Fife website.
The Diabetes pages contain information for staff working in primary and secondary care, specialist staff and patients. The documents and information on these pages include locally agreed pathways, guidelines and referral protocols. There are also links to national guidelines and action plans and websites where further information can be accessed.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.
There are two main types of diabetes – Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is far more common than Type 1. In Fife, as with the rest of the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.
There are 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK. That's more than 1 in 16 people in the UK who has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed).
This figure has nearly trebled since 1996, when there were 1.4 million. By 2025, it is estimated that 5 million people will have diabetes in the UK.
During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of blood glucose that their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes.
Further information on diabetes can be accessed by clicking the following links:
We hope you find the diabetes pages useful. If you have any comments or suggestions about the information included in these pages, please contact the Diabetes MCN by emailing Fifefirstname.lastname@example.org.