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released: 30 Jun 2011 author: AIHW

This report presents the most up-to-date estimates of the number of people with diagnosed diabetes in Australia based on self-reports to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2007-08 National Health Survey. The number of people with diabetes is presented by diabetes type, age, sex, state of usual residence and remoteness.

ISSN 1444-8033; ISBN 978-1-74249-180-6; Cat. no. CVD 56; 26pp.; Internet Only

Summary

This report presents the most up-to-date estimates of the number of people with diagnosed diabetes in Australia based on self-reports to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2007–08 National Health Survey.

Key findings:

  • In 2007–08, an estimated 898,800 Australians had been diagnosed with diabetes (excluding gestational diabetes) at some time in their lives.
  • 87,100 had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
  • 787,500 had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
  • 56% of those diagnosed with diabetes were male and 44% were female.
  • About 96% of people with diabetes were 35 years old or more, and 43% were aged 65 years or more.
  • The proportion of people with diabetes was similar in all states and territories, after accounting for differences in age.
  • After accounting for differences in age, the proportion of people with diabetes was similar in major cities, regional areas and remote areas.

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. Diabetes prevalence in Australia: detailed estimates for 2007-08. Diabetes series no. 17. Cat. no. CVD 56. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 23 October 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737419311>.