Australian Bureau of Statistics
4338.0 - Profiles of Health, Australia, 2011-13
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Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition where insulin, a hormone that controls blood glucose levels, is no longer produced or not produced in sufficient amounts by the body. It significantly affects the health of many Australians and can result in a range of complications, including serious damage to the nerves and blood vessels. If left undiagnosed or poorly managed, diabetes can lead to coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, limb amputations or blindness.
In 2011-12, 4.0% of the Australian population (875,400 people) reported having some type of diabetes (excluding persons with gestational diabetes). The prevalence of diabetes remained stable between 2007-08 and 2011-12 (both 4.0%).
Of persons who reported diabetes, the majority had Type 2 diabetes (85.3%), while 12.4% had Type 1 diabetes and the remainder had an unspecified type of diabetes (2.3%).
More men reported having diabetes than women (4.3% of all men compared with 3.6% of all women) and as with many health conditions, the rate of diabetes increased with age. People aged 65-74 years had the highest rate of diabetes (16.0%).
Source(s): Australian Health Survey: First Results
Previous results for diabetes
National Health Survey 2007–08, 2004–05, 2001, 1995
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2004-05
Other articles on diabetes
The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2008: Health conditions and illness
Diabetes in Australia: A Snapshot, 2007-08
Australian Social Trends, 2007: Diabetes Mellitus
Australian Social Trends, 2007: Selected chronic conditions among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Health of Children in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05
Changes in health: A snapshot, 2004-05
Australian Social Trends, 1998: Mortality and Morbidity: Diabetes
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