Overview

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

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

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

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

Diabetes death and hospitalisation rates in Remote and very remote areas were twice as high as the rate in Major cities

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

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