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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 2015, just under one in five (18.1%) 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 cholesterol.
  • The prevalence of high cholesterol self-reported by Country SA residents (19.2%) is not statistically significantly higher than their metropolitan Adelaide counterparts (17.7%).
  • Over the last decade the proportion of people reporting living with high cholesterol has statistically significantly increased, for both metropolitan Adelaide and Country SA residents.

 

High cholesterol and/or on medication for high cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2015
Local Health Network%
Northern Adelaide LHN19.9%
Central Adelaide LHN15.5%
Southern Adelaide LHN18.2%
Metropolitan Adelaide17.7%
Country SA LHN19.2%
South Australia18.1%
Australian.a.

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

  • In 2015, 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 (18.9%) was not statistically significantly higher than their female counterparts (17.4%).
  • The prevalence of high cholesterol is correlated with age.

 


High cholesterol and/or on medication for high cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2015
Age (years)MalesFemales
18-240.0%0.0%
25-341.4%2.8%
35-4410.1%5.3%
45-5417.2%16.8%
55-6427.4%24.3%
65-7444.3%39.2%
75+50.0%44.5%
All ages18.9%17.4%

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

  • In 2015, there was a statistically significant inverse 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 live.

 

High cholesterol and/or on medication for high cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2015
Socio-economic status (SES)%
Lowest SES24.6%
Low SES18.9%
Middle SES18.5%
High SES15.7%
Highest SES13.7%

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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 2015 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 more.
  • 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 territories.

 


High cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2014–15
State/Territory%
Northern Territory4.4%
Western Australia6.0%
Queensland6.4%
New South Wales7.2%
Victoria7.3%
South Australia8.4%
Australian Capital Territory8.6%
Tasmania9.4%
Australia7.1%

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3-11-5. High cholesterol – Aboriginal people

Data not available for this indicator.

 


Sources

  1. Based on Health Information Portal database 2016, 'Management Reporting, Reports, South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System Online, Cholesterol prevalence (Age 18+)', SA Health, Adelaide, accessed 14 December 2016.
  2. Based on 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.