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Living with chronic conditions

 

In summary

  • Around one in five (20.3%) South Australians are living with two or more of the following chronic health conditions: diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, osteoporosis and/or a mental health condition. The proportion of people in metropolitan Adelaide living with multiple chronic and long-term health conditions is on the increase.
  • Approximately one in five (20.8%) South Australians are living with arthritis.
  • About one in five (20.9%) South Australians are living with a doctor-diagnosed mental health condition.
  • Around one in seven (13.4%) South Australians are living with asthma.
  • Approximately one in 11 (8.8%) South Australians have been told by a doctor that they have diabetes (Type I or II).
  • One in 12 (8.1%) South Australians are living with cardiovascular disease, defined as ever had doctor-diagnosed heart attack, angina, heart disease and/or stroke.
  • One in 23 (4.4%) South Australians are living with osteoporosis, with the rate for females more than four times that of males.
  • One in 40 (2.5%) of the South Australian population (adjusted to account for differences in the age structure compared to the Australia generally) are living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) including bronchitis and emphysema.
  • One in six (17.0%) of the South Australian population (adjusted to account for differences in the age structure compared to the Australia generally) are living with a long-term back condition, including sciatica, disc disorders, curvature of the spine and other back problems.