"While increasing numbers of Australians are developing the disease, there is some good news in relation to diabetes complications," said AIHW spokesperson Lisa McGlynn. Diabetes-related deaths dropped by 18% between 1997 and 2007 and hospitalisations for lower limb amputations among people with diabetes fell between 2001 and 2007-08, from 4.8 to 4.1 per 1,000 people with diabetes.
Certain population groups are also at increased risk of developing diabetes. The rate of diabetes among Indigenous Australians was more than 3 times that of non-Indigenous Australians, and Indigenous Australians had higher rates of diabetes-related deaths than the general population - 46 per 100,000 among Indigenous Australians in 2006 compared to 33 per 100,000 among all Australians in the same year. The prevalence of diabetes was also slightly higher among those born overseas and people living in regional and remote areas.
The AIHW has also released a new diabetes dashboard, providing easily accessible and navigable facts and figures on diabetes.