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Long-term Health Conditions

Diabetes
Diabetes (including high sugar levels) continues to be a significant health issue among Indigenous Australians, affecting 6% of the Indigenous population in 2004–05.

After adjusting for age differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, Indigenous people were over three times more likely to report having some form of diabetes than non–Indigenous people.

In both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, prevalence of diabetes increased with age (increasing markedly from around 35 years onwards.)


Prevalence of Diabetes (a) By Indigenous status and age, 2004–05
Indigenous
Non-Indigenous
Age group (years)
%
%
0–14
**_
* _
15–24
*1
*1
25–34
4
1
35–44
10
2
45–54
21
4
55 and over
32
12
(a) Includes persons who reported high sugar levels.
* estimate should be used with caution.
** estimate is considered too unreliable for general use.
_ rounded to zero
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0).


Prevalence of Diabetes (a) By Indigenous status and age, 2004 - 2005
(a) Includes persons who reported high sugar levels.
Source: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0)

Further Information: See National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, Australia, 2004–05 (cat. no. 4715.0)

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