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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 2016, under one in five (16.5%) 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 prevalence of high cholesterol self-reported by Country SA residents (16.1%) is not statistically significantly lower than their metropolitan Adelaide counterparts (16.7%)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), 2016
Local Health Network %
Northern Adelaide LHN 16.4%
Central Adelaide LHN 15.9%
Southern Adelaide LHN 17.8%
Metropolitan Adelaide 16.7%
Country SA LHN 16.1%
South Australia 16.5%
Australia n.a.

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Data source: SA Health 2017

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

  • In 2016, 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 (18.1%) was statistically significantly higher than their female counterparts (15.0%)1.
  • The prevalence of high cholesterol is correlated with age1.

 


High cholesterol and/or on medication for high cholesterol (aged 18+ years), 2016
Age (years) Males Females
18-24 0.0% 1.5%
25-34 3.8% 0.3%
35-44 7.8% 5.1%
45-54 16.4% 11.1%
55-64 27.4% 26.1%
65-74 39.7% 36.2%
75+ 40.0% 39.5%
All ages 18.1% 15.0%

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Data source: SA Health 2017

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

  • In 2016, there was np 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), 2016
Socio-economic status (SES) %
Lowest SES 15.0%
Low SES 18.3%
Middle SES 19.6%
High SES 16.2%
Highest SES 13.9%

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Data source: SA Health 2017

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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 2016 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 2017, Population Health Surveys, SA Health, Adelaide.
  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.