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Living with chronic conditions

 

In summary

  • Around one in five (21.9%) 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.
  • Approximately one in four (22.8%) South Australians are living with arthritis.
  • About one in five (20.9%) South Australians are living with a doctor-diagnosed mental health condition, defined as anxiety, depression, stress, or any other mental health problem.
  • Around one in seven (14.5%) South Australians are living with asthma, defined as diagnosed with asthma and had experienced symptoms and/or treatment in the last 12-months.
  • Approximately one in 10 (10.1%) South Australians have been told by a doctor that they have diabetes (Type I or II).
  • About one in 12 (7.8%) South Australians are living with cardiovascular disease, defined as ever had doctor-diagnosed heart attack, angina, heart disease and/or stroke.
  • One in 17 (5.8%) South Australians are living with osteoporosis, with the rate for females four times more 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.