4-5. Diabetes prevalence
4-5-1. Diabetes prevalence in South Australia – by Local Health Network
- In 2015, around one in 11 (8.8%) South Australians aged 18 years or more had ever been told by a doctor that they had diabetes.
- The increased trend over the last decade in the proportion of people in metropolitan Adelaide reporting living with diabetes is statistically significant.
- However, no statistically significant underlying trend was identified for Country SA residents over this time period.
|Local Health Network||%|
|Northern Adelaide LHN||10.5%|
|Central Adelaide LHN||8.4%|
|Southern Adelaide LHN||9.8%|
|Country SA LHN||7.3%|
4-5-2. Diabetes prevalence in South Australia – by age and sex
- In 2015, the proportion of the population aged 18 years and over that had ever been told by a doctor that they have diabetes was higher for males (10.7%) than females (7.2%).
- The prevalence of diabetes is correlated with age, particularly for males.
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4-5-3. Diabetes prevalence in South Australia – by socio-economic status
- In 2015, there was no statistically significant correlation between the proportion of people aged 18 years and over who have ever been told by a doctor that they have diabetes and the socio-economic status of the area in which they live (SES).
- However, prevalence in the lowest SES quintile (12.9%) is more than double that of the highest SES quintile (6.4%).
|Socio-economic status (SES)||%|
4-5-4. Diabetes prevalence in Australia – by state and territory
- Data presented here is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2014-15 National Health Survey for people of all ages who are or had been living with diabetes mellitus and is not directly comparable with data presented from the state-wide survey for ages 18 years and over in 4-5-1 to 4-5-3 above.
- The national survey estimates that 4.6% of the age-standardised South Australian population self-reports having diabetes (whether or not the disease was current at the time of interview).
- The South Australian rate is level with the estimated Australia-wide rate (4.7%) and there is very little variation between the rates reported for the various states and territories.
|Australian Capital Territory||4.3%|
|New South Wales||4.9%|
4-5-5. Diabetes prevalence – Aboriginal people
- The prevalence of diabetes in the South Australian Aboriginal population was 8.9% in 2012-13, around twice that of the all-population prevalence for this state in 2011-12 (see 4-5-4 above). However, readers should note that figures are not directly comparable because of different time periods and definitions.
- Compared to Aboriginal people in other states and territories, South Australia was ranked third highest for this indicator.
- However, the South Australian rate was 3.1 percentage points below the highest ranked jurisdiction (Northern Territory).
|Australian Capital Territory||7.6%|
|New South Wales||8.1%|
- Based on customised data extract from the South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS) 2016, provided by Population Research and Outcome Studies, University of Adelaide, 29 November 2016.
- Based on ABS 2015, ‘Table 2.3 Summary health characteristics — States and territories, Proportion of persons’, National Health Survey: First Results, 2014-15, cat. no. 4364.0.55.001, viewed 6 June 2016.
- Based on ABS 2014, 'Table 3.3 Selected health characteristics, by State/Territory – 2012-13, Proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons,' Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health survey: Updated results 2012-13, cat. no. 4727.0.55.006, viewed 18 August 2014.