New Report: Insulin-treated Diabetes In Australia 2000 - 2007

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UNDER EMBARGO—strictly not for publication before

1.00am Friday 21 August 2009

About 1,000 new cases of Type 1 diabetes in

children each year

Australia is in the top 10 countries with the highest rates of Type 1 diabetes in children, with

about 1,000 children 14 years and younger developing this type of diabetes each year,

according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

The report provides the latest information from Australia’s National Diabetes Register

(NDR). The register applies to Australians who began using insulin for diabetes since 1999.

‘There were about 7,000 children who developed Type 1 diabetes over the 8-year 2000–2007

period’, said Katherine Faulks of the Institute’s Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Kidney


‘There were 990 new cases in 2007, a 30% increase compared with the number of new cases

in 2000’, she said.

The report, Insulin-treated diabetes in Australia, 20002007, also looked at insulin-treated cases

of Type 2 diabetes and found that there were almost 6,000 new cases in people aged 15–34

years of age over the 8-year period. 

However, the vast majority (95%) of new cases still occurred in people aged 35 and over.

‘Across all ages, there was a 63% increase in new cases of insulin-treated Type 2 diabetes,

between 2000 and 2007,’ Ms Faulks said.

According to the report, about 1 in 5 people with Type 2 diabetes use insulin to treat their


The report also found that there was a 6-fold increase in the number of new cases of insulin-

treated gestational diabetes among women aged 15–49 years between 2000 and 2007.

‘All these numbers are saying the same thing, which is that the incidence of insulin-treated

diabetes in Australia is increasing, no matter what the age group or the type of diabetes’, Ms

Faulks said.

Canberra, 19 August 2009

Further information: Ms Katherine Faulks, AIHW, tel. 02 6244 1120, mob. 0407 915 85¹

For media copies of the report: Publications Officer 02 6244 1032


—strictly not for publication before 1.00am Friday 21 August 2009

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