In 2015, 4.7% of the disease burden in Australia was due to high blood plasma glucose (including intermediate hyperglycaemia and diabetes). High blood plasma glucose was the 5th leading risk factor that contributed to disease burden.
These estimates reflect the amount of burden that could have been avoided if all people in Australia did not have high blood plasma glucose levels (including diabetes and intermediate hyperglycaemia).
High blood plasma glucose was linked to 17 diseases including type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and other diabetes, 7 cancer types, 3 cardiovascular diseases, chronic kidney disease and dementia (see Supplementary tables).
How much burden was attributable to high blood plasma glucose?
High blood plasma glucose was responsible for the entire burden of each type of diabetes, 60% of chronic kidney disease burden and 7% of coronary heart disease burden.
Note that the following visualisation displays the top 10 linked diseases due to high blood plasma glucose.