Drop in diabetes-related deaths in Australia

The web-based report, Diabetes indicators in Australia, shows the prevalence of diabetes in the Australian population increased from 1.5% to 4.1% over the 20 years to 2007–08. 

But 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 1000 people.

Other findings included:

In 2007–08, 61% of Australian adults were overweight or obese, compared to 57% in 1995.

In 2001, 15.3% of people with diabetes had long-term vision loss, compared to 10.7% in 2007–08.

In 2007–08, more than 90% of Australian adults did not eat enough vegetables and 50% did not eat enough fruit.