Diabetes on the Central Coast*

The Central Coast Community Health Survey 2014 estimated that of Central Coast adults aged 18 years and over:

  • 10% had been told by a doctor or hospital they had diabetes and of these, 75% have type 2 diabetes.

Looking at risk factors for diabetes and other chronic diseases, the Central Coast Community Health Survey 2014 estimated that of Central Coast adults aged 18 years and over:

  • 60% were overweight or obese based on self-reported height and weight
  • 45% were sedentary or undertook insufficient physical activity
  • 50% consumed insufficient fruit
  • 92% consumed insufficient vegetables
  • 15% were current smokers, that is, they smoked daily or occasionally

* Source: Central Coast Community Health Survey: Preliminary Analysis of a Telephone Survey 2014. Personal Communication, Public Health Unit. Central Coast Local Health District. November 2014

Diabetes in Australia**

  • 280 Australians develop diabetes every day.
  • Over 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year.
  • Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia.
  • Almost 1.1 million Australians currently have diagnosed diabetes. This includes:
    • 120,000 people with type 1 diabetes
    • 956,000 people with type 2 diabetes
    • 23,600 women with gestational diabetes.
  • For every person diagnosed with diabetes there is usually a family member or carer who also 'lives with diabetes' every day in a support role. This means that an estimated 2.2 million Australians are affected by diabetes every day.
  • The total number of Australians with diabetes and pre-diabetes is estimated at 3.2 million.
  • Indigenous Australians are 3 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes compared with non-Indigenous Australians.
  • At least 2 million Australians have pre-diabetes and are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Up to 58% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented in the high risk (pre-diabetes) population.

** Source: http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/Understanding-Diabetes/Diabetes-in-Australia/
(Accessed 01/05/15)

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