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Diabetes indicators, Australia are a set of key national statistics on diabetes, risk factors and diabetes-related complications. These standardised measures provide important information for establishing benchmarks; monitoring the health of the population; comparing population groups; and evaluating the effectiveness of policy, prevention and management strategies.
The diabetes indicators presented here are based on National indicators for monitoring diabetes (2007). In this report, a set of indicators were identified as high priority for informing and guiding policy. Where possible the most recent data are used to update the indicator, however data are not available for all indicators included in the 2007 report.
The definition and data sources of each indicator are described in the indicators specification table.
Almost two-in-three adults (63%) were overweight or obese in 2014–15, with rates remaining stable since 2007–08.
However, rates of obesity among adults increased by 13% between 2007–08 and 2011–12 (from 24% to 27%), and have remained stable since then (28% in 2014–15).
Two-in-three adults (66%) did little or no exercise in 2014–15. While rates of physical inactivity declined between 2007–08 and 2011–12, since then rates have been stable.
The proportion of adults not consuming the recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables remained stable between 2007–08 and 2014–15:
In 2011–12, over half (51%) of those with type 2 diabetes were effectively managing their condition.
There are currently no data available to update this indicator.
Prevalence of self-reported diabetes has increased―proportions have tripled over the last 2 decades, increasing from 1.5% to 4.7% between 1989–90 and 2014–15.
Type 1 diabetes incidence rates remained relatively stable between 2000–2014, fluctuating between 11 and 13 new cases per 100,000 population each year (in 2014, the rate was 11 per 100,000 population).
Note: there are currently no data available on the incidence of type 2 diabetes.
Cardiovascular disease among people with diabetes is on the rise―proportions increased by 17% from 52% in 2011–12 to 61% in 2014–15.
Vision loss caused by diabetes remained relatively stable at 8% between 2011–12 and 2014–15.
End-stage kidney disease among people with diabetes increased from 4 cases per 1,000 people in 2001 to around 7 cases per 1,000 in both 2011 and 2014.
Hospitalisation rates for lower limb amputations remained relatively stable between 2000–01 and 2014–15, fluctuating between 3 and 5 per 1,000 people with diabetes (in 2014–15, the rate was 3 per 1,000 people).
Diabetes-related death rates have remained relatively stable at an average of 57 deaths per 100,000 population between 1997 and 2013 (in 2013, the rate was 55 per 100,000 population).
This information was last updated in August 2016.