One in 10 Indigenous has diabetes

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Measures Survey collected blood and urine samples from 3300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult volunteers, carrying out laboratory tests for markers of chronic disease.

Tests of fasting glucose and HbA1c revealed that 11.1% of Indigenous adults had diabetes and that a further 4.7% were at high risk of the disease, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report showed. This was 3.3 times the prevalence in non-Indigenous Australians.

The situation was worse in remote areas, where Indigenous Australians were 5.4 times more likely to