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3-11. High cholesterol

3-11-1. High cholesterol in South Australia – by Local Health Network

3-11-2. High cholesterol in South Australia – by age and sex

3-11-3. High cholesterol in South Australia – by socio-economic status

3-11-4. High cholesterol in Australia – by state and territory

3-11-5. High cholesterol – Aboriginal people

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3-11-1. High cholesterol in South Australia – by Local Health Network

  • In 2017, under one in six (17.5%) of South Australians aged 18 years or more self-reported that they had current doctor-diagnosed high cholesterol and/or were on medication for high cholesterol1.
  • The rate varies between local health networks (LHNs) from 14.6% in the Flinders and Upper North LHN to 21.1% in the Northern Adelaide LHN.
  • The prevalence of high cholesterol self-reported by Country SA residents (17.2%) is not statistically significantly lower than their metropolitan Adelaide counterparts (17.6%)1.
  • Over the last decade the proportion of people reporting living with high cholesterol has statistically significantly increased for metropolitan Adelaide residents but not Country SA residents1.

 

High cholesterol and/or on medication for high cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2017
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide 21.1%
Central Adelaide 16.2%
Southern Adelaide 16.4%
Metropolitan Adelaide 17.6%
Barossa Hills Fleurieu 17.3%
Eyre and Far North 20.1%
Flinders and Upper North 14.6%
Riverland Mallee Coorong 15.8%
South East 18.0%
Yorke & Northern 17.5%
Country SA 17.2%
South Australia 17.5%
Australia n.a.

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-11-2. High cholesterol in South Australia – by age and sex

  • In 2017, the proportion of males aged 18 years and over who self-reported that they were living with doctor-diagnosed high cholesterol and/or were on medication for high cholesterol (17.7%) was roughly equivalent to the rate of their female counterparts (17.2%)1.
  • The prevalence of high cholesterol is correlated with age1.

 


High cholesterol and/or on medication for high cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2017
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 0.0% 0.3%
25-34 2.3% 2.5%
35-44 8.2% 5.7%
45-54 17.1% 11.2%
55-64 28.6% 25.0%
65-74 41.3% 43.0%
75+ 46.0% 41.6%
All ages 17.7% 17.2%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-11-3. High cholesterol in South Australia – by socio-economic status

  • In 2017, there was no statistically significant correlation between the proportion of people aged 18 years and over who self-report that they are living with doctor-diagnosed high cholesterol and/or are on medication for high cholesterol and the socio-economic status of the area in which they live1.

 

High cholesterol and/or on medication for high cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2017
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 18.2%
Low SES 20.6%
Middle SES 22.2%
High SES 14.9%
Highest SES 12.5%

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Data source: SA Health 2018

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3-11-4. High cholesterol in Australia – by state and territory

  • Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2014-15 National Health Survey reporting high cholesterol. It is not directly comparable to the information in 3-11-1 to 3-11-3 above which is for people who self-report having current doctor-diagnosed high cholesterol and/or being on medication for high cholesterol.
  • The national survey reports that around one in 12 (8.4%) South Australians are living with high cholesterol as a condition which has lasted, or is expected to last, for 6 months or more2.
  • The South Australian population high cholesterol rate is higher than the Australia-wide rate of 7.1%, and is towards the top end of the range reported for the states and territories2.

 


High cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2014–15
State/Territory %
Northern Territory 4.4%
Western Australia 6.0%
Queensland 6.4%
New South Wales 7.2%
Victoria 7.3%
South Australia 8.4%
Australian Capital Territory 8.6%
Tasmania 9.4%
Australia 7.1%

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Data source: ABS 2015

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3-11-5. High cholesterol – Aboriginal people

Data not available for this indicator.

 


Sources

  1. Based on South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System customised extract 2018, Prevention and Population Health, SA Health, Adelaide, 16 August 2018.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2015), ‘Table 3.3 Long-term health conditions, Proportion of persons — Persons’ and in Tables 20-27 for each jurisdiction, National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, viewed 6 June 2016.