Snapshot of diabetes in Australia

Latest stats show nearly 30,000 people started using insulin in one year

In 2015 there were 28,775 people who began using insulin to treat their diabetes in Australia, according to the latest figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Of this number, 63% had type 2 diabetes, 26% had gestational diabetes, 9% had type 1 diabetes, and 2% had other forms of diabetes or their diabetes status was unknown.

Almost two in three (63%) of people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes were under the age of 25, with age of diagnosis highest among those aged 10-14.

Almost all (92%) of new cases of insulin-treated type 2 diabetes occurred in those aged 40 and over, with the highest incidence of new cases in people aged 75-79 (255 per 100,000 population).

And incidence rates were twice as high among those in the lowest socioeconomic group (96 cases per 100,000) compared with the highest socioeconomic group (41 per 100,000).

AIHW analysis of data from the National (insulin-treated) Diabetes Register (NDR) found incidence rates for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes were higher in men than women.

In 2015, the incidence of type 1 diabetes was 13 per 100,000 in men compared with 10 per 100,000 women.

And for type 2 diabetes, incidence was almost 1.5 times as high for men – 83 per 100,000 compared with 56 per 100,000 for women.

In 2015, 7,405 women began using insulin to manage gestational diabetes – or 130 cases per 100,000 women of reproductive age.

The highest rate was among women aged 30-34.

Source: AIHW analysis of 2015 National Diabetes Register.

See the full statistics here.

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  1. Sophie

    Austrlia is a good place. I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes and put on Metformin on June 26th, 2016. I started the ADA diet and followed it 100% for a few weeks and could not get my blood sugar to go below 140. Finally i began to panic and called my doctor, he told me to get used to it. He said I would be on metformin my whole life and eventually insulin. At that point i knew something wasn’t right and began to do a lot of research. Then I found Lisa’s diabetes story (google ” HOW EVER I FREED MYSELF FROM THE DIABETES ” ) I read that article from end to end because everything the writer was saying made absolute sense. I started the diet that day and the next morning my blood sugar was down to 100 and now i have a fasting blood sugar between Mid 70’s and the 80’s. My doctor took me off the metformin after just three week of being on this lifestyle change. I have lost over 30 pounds and 6+ inches around my waist in a month. The truth is we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods

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