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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/04/2006   
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The three main types of diabetes are:

    • Type 1 diabetes (previously known as insulin dependent diabetes or juvenile onset diabetes),

    • Type 2 diabetes (previously known as non-insulin dependent diabetes or adult onset diabetes), and

    • Gestational diabetes.

Prevalence of diabetes

In the 2001 National Health Survey, 2.1% of Tasmanians reported having medically diagnosed Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, compared to 2.9% of all Australians.

The National Diabetes Register (NDR) has been collecting information about people who have begun to use insulin to manage their diabetes (Type 1 diabetes) since 1 January 1999. In the period 1999-2001, Tasmania had 627 people registered on the NDR, or 41.4 people per 100,000 population.

For the same period, Tasmanians reported the highest average rate of new cases of Type 1 diabetes per year (18.1 per 100,000 population) for registrants aged 0-39 years. Of those registrants, there were 61 new cases for Tasmanians aged 0-14 years, consisting of a rate of 25.5 people per 100,000 males aged 0-14 years and 17.5 people per 100,000 females aged 0-14 years.

For further information about types, prevalence and research into diabetes in Tasmania see the Feature article - Diabetes mellitus.

Further information about diabetes is available at the International Diabetes Institute web site:; the Diabetes Australia website:; and the National Centre for Monitoring Diabetes:

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