A new mapping from Diabetes Australia, which is the third oldest association in the world found that diabetes is most prevalent in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Around 58 people per 1,000 were registered to suffer from diabetes in South Australia and the Northern Territory was close behind with 56 per 1,000.
AdvertisementThe diabetes incidence is lowest in the Australian Capital Territory, with 40 cases per 1,000 people.
The new data shows that more than 1.17 million Australians have diabetes, or 4.9 percent of the population.
Diabetes Australia chief executive Professor Greg Johnson said, "The new map makes the enormity of the diabetes epidemic very clear."
According to the data highest rates were recorded in rural and remote areas.
"Country South Australia is the primary health network with the highest prevalence rate, followed very closely by Gippsland in Victoria. There's also staggering rates of diabetes in our Indigenous communities," said Professor Johnson.
The mapping allows people, including health professionals, analyze the regional data in detail as they look for best ways to tackle the issue.
"The map allows people to really drill down by postcode and local government area and that reveals a very alarming impact, with prevalence rates above 20 percent in some postcodes," said Professor Johnson.
"It's estimated that about one third of all our hospital beds in Australia every day are occupied and utilized for people with diabetes or a diabetes-related complication, and most of that is preventable," he added.
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