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4-5. Diabetes prevalence

4-5-1. Diabetes prevalence in South Australia – by Local Health Network

4-5-2. Diabetes prevalence in South Australia – by age and sex

4-5-3. Diabetes prevalence in South Australia – by socio-economic status

4-5-4. Diabetes prevalence in Australia – by state and territory

4-5-5. Diabetes prevalence – Aboriginal people

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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.

 

Diabetes prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2015
Local Health Network%
Northern Adelaide LHN10.5%
Central Adelaide LHN8.4%
Southern Adelaide LHN9.8%
Metropolitan Adelaide9.5%
Country SA LHN7.3%
South Australia8.8%
Australian.a.

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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.

 


Diabetes prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2015
Age (years)MalesFemales
18-241.9%n.a.*
25-341.8%2.6%
35-441.6%6.7%
45-5411.0%8.2%
55-6416.7%7.9%
65-7422.2%11.6%
75+26.3%14.0%
All ages10.7%7.2%

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* not reported due to small cell sizes

 

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%).

 

Diabetes prevalence (aged 18+ years), 2015
Socio-economic status (SES)%
Lowest SES12.9%
Low SES7.8%
Middle SES9.3%
High SES8.6%
Highest SES6.4%

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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.

 


Living with diabetes mellitus (all ages), 2014–15 (age-standardised)
State/Territory%
Tasmania4.2%
Queensland4.3%
Australian Capital Territory4.3%
South Australia4.6%
Western Australia4.6%
Victoria4.7%
New South Wales4.9%
Northern Territory5.1%
Australia4.7%

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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).

 


Diabetes/high sugar levels prevalence – Aboriginal people (aged 2+ years), 2012-13
State/Territory%
Tasmania3.8%
Victoria7.1%
Australian Capital Territory7.6%
New South Wales8.1%
Queensland8.3%
South Australia8.9%
Western Australia10.0%
Northern Territory12.0%
Australia8.6%

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Sources

  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.