• Hannah Phillips

Regional Aussies at Higher Risk of Diabetes

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has found people in regional and rural areas have higher rates of diabetes and related complications, in comparison to those living in the city.

Mark Diamond is the CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) and joined Anita on the Regional Roundup to discuss the findings of the report.

Higher rates of hospitalisations, particularly for pregnant women with diabetes are a big issue in regional areas, with a release from NRHA outlining there are 228 per 100,000 in remote areas compared to 27 per 100,000 in major cities. The figure for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women a scary 739 per 100,000.

The stats also found there are 51/100,000 deaths from diabetes, increasing the further away people are from major cities (they almost double to 92/100,000 in remote and very remote areas).

Deaths of people with diabetes from coronary heart disease and strokes also differ greatly between major cities (309/100,000) compared to regional, rural and remote areas (521/100,000).

Mr Diamond advises seeing a GP immediately if you think your health circumstances have changed.

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