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About diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a major problem that significantly affects the health of Australians.

This page presents the latest statistics on diabetes in Australia.

Diabetes: the facts

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of Australians have diabetes. That's around 999,000 people.

This rate has risen from 1.5% in 1989. The rate of diabetes remained stable between 2007–08 (4.1%) and 2011–12 (4.2%).

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people were newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2011. This equated to 11 cases per 100,000 people. 

This rate has remained stable between 2000 and 2011. 

1 in 20 preganancies are affected by diabetes

1 in 20

pregnancies are affected by diabetes.

That was 44,000 women between 2005 and 2007.

12.8 per cent of Indigenous people have diabetes

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The proportion of people with diabetes in the Indigenous population compared to the proportion of people with diabetes in the non-Indigenous population.

Over half of adults are overweight or obese

Over half

of adults are overweight or obese, which puts them at greater risk for diabetes.

3 in 5 people with diabetes also have cvd

3 in 5

of people with diabetes also have cardiovascular disease.

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8.2 million

pharmaceutical scripts were claimed for diabetes medicines in 2012. The number of scripts claimed per year has been increasing.

$990 million was spent on diabetes in 2004-05

$1,507 million

was spent on treating diabetes in 2008–09.

That's 2.3% of all health expenditure.