Diabetes is a chronic condition marked by high levels of glucose in the blood. The main types of diabetes are type 1, type 2 and gestational. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form, and is largely preventable by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Diabetes death and hospitalisation rates in Remote and very remote areas were two-times the rate in Major cities

An estimated 1.2 million Australians (4.9% of the total population) had diabetes in 2017–18, based on self-reported data

Around 1.2 million hospitalisations were associated with diabetes in 2017–18 (principal and/or additional diagnosis)

In 2017–18, an estimated 5.4% (or 1 million) Australian adults had type 2 diabetes, based on self-reported data

Type 2 diabetes disproportionately impacts on Indigenous Australians compared with non-Indigenous Australians

Incidence rates of type 1 diabetes fluctuated between 12 and 13 cases per 100,000 population, during 2000 to 2018