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Almost 5% of Scots have diabetes, a quarter of older people will have survived cancer by 2040, and could red wine help pensioners stay on their feet?

A round-up of the health news headlines on Monday 20 August

We start off north of the border, with the concerning news that almost 5% of Scots now have diabetes.

Statistics from the annual Scottish Diabetes Survey show that almost 250,000 people have the condition, and this is increasing by 10,000 a year.

The majority of these – around 217,500 – have type 2 diabetes, the BBC reports.

A new online resource, MyDiabetesMyWay has been developed to help diabetics manage their condition more effectively. This will allow sufferers to view their latest clinic results online, along with treatment advice.

 

In other news, a report from Macmillan Cancer Support that suggests almost one in four older people will have had a cancer diagnosis by 2040 and survived.

The number of people aged 65 and over who will be cancer survivors is set to triple, from 1.3 million in 2010 to 4.1 million in 2040, the Daily Mail reports.

The study, funded by the King's Fund, suggests the biggest increases will be in the oldest age groups, with survivors of breast and prostate cancer forming the largest groups of survivors.

The research, published on the British Journal of Cancer's website, shows the number of men living with cancer will increase from 2.8% in 2010 to 6.2% in 2040, and from 3.9% to 8.5 % of women.

 

Finally, we stay with the Daily Mail, which gets a lot of ‘comedy' mileage from a new study that suggests a chemical found in red wine actually helps pensioners stay steady on their feet.

Researchers from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh suggest that resveratrol boosts balance and improves mobility.

In a study on old mice, the researchers found they became just as sprightly as young animals when given the plant chemicals.

The chemical is found in the grape skins that give red wine its colour and improves balance. 

However, there is a big caveat: resveratrol is poorly absorbed by humans and it would take several hundreds of glasses of wine before pensioners enjoyed the benefits.

The researchers are now looking for compounds that work just as well but at much lower quantities.

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