ALMOST a third of Scots would check symptoms of a health concern online rather than see a doctor, according to a survey.

It also found a similar number of people would not feel comfortable talking to friends or loved ones about their own health.

The poll was carried out by YouGov for Diabetes UK, who want more people to talk about the illness.

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The survey, which interviewed 2,072 people across the UK and 174 in Scotland, found 30% of Scots said they would seek online advice forst over talking to a GP.

Less than a quarter (23%) said they would feel comfortable speaking to an employer about health concerns.

Diabetes UK said there is no such thing as a silly question with diabetes and health and encouraged people to engage with healthcare professionals.