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released: 30 Oct 2013 author: AIHW media release

The report examines the association between diabetes and disability in Australia using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2009. People with diabetes were twice as likely to have a disability (39% compared with 17%) and almost 3 times as likely to have a severe or profound limitation (14% compared with 5%) than people without diabetes. Among working-age people with diabetes and disability, 40% said they were permanently unable to work compared with 20% of people with a disability who did not have diabetes. People with diabetes reported higher rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, depression, vision loss and kidney related disorders than people without diabetes.

ISSN 1444-8033; ISBN 978-1-74249-499-9; Cat. no. CVD 63; 92pp.; $14

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Symbols
    • Summary
      • People with diabetes and a disability
      • People with a disability caused by diabetes
      • Participation restrictions and assistance received
      • Other long-term health conditions
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • Global burden of diabetes
      • Wider impact of diabetes
      • Personal impact of diabetes
      • Diabetes
      • Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC)
      • Disability
      • Aim and structure of the report
    • 2 How common are diabetes and its associated comorbidities?
      • Prevalence of diabetes
      • Prevalence of selected comorbidities
    • 3 How common are impairments, limitations or restrictions in people with diabetes?
      • Prevalence of any impairment, limitation or restriction
      • Prevalence of specific impairments, limitations or restrictions
      • Prevalence of diabetes among people with specific impairments, limitations or restrictions
    • 4 How many people have an impairment, limitation or restriction caused by diabetes?
      • Prevalence of any impairment, limitation or restriction caused by diabetes
      • Prevalence of specific impairments, limitations or restrictions caused by diabetes
    • 5 What proportion of people with diabetes have restrictions in participation and receive assistance?
      • Participation restrictions
      • Assistance received
    • 6 Discussion
      • The burden of diabetes
      • Impact of diabetes
      • Comorbidities found with diabetes
      • Personal impact of diabetes
      • Future work
      • Conclusion
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A Additional tables
      • Appendix B Data Quality Statement
      • Appendix C Statistical methods
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures
    • List of boxes

Recommended citation

AIHW 2013. Diabetes and disability: impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions and comorbidities. Diabetes series 20. Cat. no. CVD 63. Canberra: AIHW.