Emerging diabetes and metabolic conditions among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people

Angela Titmuss, Elizabeth A. Davis, Alex Brown, Louise J. Maple-Brown

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The gap between the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non- Indigenous Australians is well documented, with manypolicies and programs currently working towards improving outcomes. Despite these efforts, life expectancy is 10–11 years less than that of non- Indigenous Australians,1 and 65% of deaths occur before 65 years of age, compared with 19% in the non- Indigenous population.1 Cardiovascular and metabolic diseases are responsible for most of the gap in life expectancy and are associated with higher hospitalisation and mortality rates.1 In 2013, hospitalisation rates for cardiovascular disease were 1.6–2.5 times higher in Indigenous people depending on age, and Indigenous adults are six times as likely to die from diabetes as non- Indigenous Australians.1 Indigenous adolescents with type 2 diabetes are over ten times more likely to be hospitalised than non- Indigenous adolescents.2 While we acknowledge that hospitalisations are a poor indicator of the true prevalence of diabetes- related complications within the community, they suggest that the burden of disease associated with a diagnosis of diabetes is greater in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.1
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-113.e1
JournalThe Medical journal of Australia
Issue number3
Early online date18 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Feb 2019


  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Emerging diabetes
  • metabolic conditions

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  • Medicine(all)

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