Indicator 3.7 Prevalence of cardiovascular disease among people with diabetes
These estimates are based on relatively small numbers and are associated with large sampling error. Due to small numbers, age-standardised proportions were not derived.
In 2017–18, an estimated 660,000 Australian adults with self-reported diabetes had cardiovascular disease (CVD), corresponding to 57% of adults with diabetes, based on self-reported diabetes and cardiovascular data from the National Health Survey (NHS).
The unadjusted prevalence of cardiovascular disease among people with diabetes varied across the years:
- 58% in 2007–08
- 53% in 2011–12
- 64% in 2014–15
- 57% in 2017–18 (Figure 3.7.1)
Age and sex
There was no difference in the prevalence of CVD among men and women with self-reported diabetes, and proportions increased with age (Figure 3.7.1).
There was no difference by remoteness or socioeconomic areas (Figure 3.7.2). The proportions for both remoteness and socioeconomic areas have a high margin of error and should be used with caution.
State and territory
The prevalence of CVD among men and women with self-reported diabetes varied across the states and territories (Figure 3.7.2). The proportions for Western Australia, Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory have a high margin of error and should be used with caution.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Based on self-reported data from the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS), an estimated 36,600 (58%) of Indigenous Australians with diabetes had CVD in 2018–19. In 2017–18, 57% of non-Indigenous adults with diabetes had CVD, based on self-reported data from the NHS (Figure 3.7.2).
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3.7 Prevalence of cardiovascular disease among adults with diabetes, by age group and sex, 2007–08 to 2017–18 and by selected population groups, 2017–18