3303.0 - Causes of Death, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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ENDOCRINE, NUTRITIONAL AND METABOLIC DISEASES (E00-E90)

Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases (E00-E90) in 2012 accounted for 4.1% of all registered deaths. Total deaths due to these underlying causes have increased over the last ten years, from 4,721 in 2003 to 6,047 in 2012. The proportion of all deaths due to these causes has also increased over the same period ranging from 3.6% in 2003 to 4.1% in 2012. The median age at death from these causes was 82.4 years, which was comparable to the median age of 81.7 years for all deaths in 2012.

Diabetes (E10-E14) was the underlying cause of death for 4,239 people, or 2.9% of all deaths. The proportion of all deaths represented by this cause increased from 2.6% (3,389) in 2003 to 2.9% (4,239) in 2012.

Obesity (E66) accounted for a total of 223 deaths in 2012. The overall median age at death due to obesity as the underlying cause was 63.4 years, 18.4 years lower than the median age for all deaths, but 4.9 years higher than the median age of death for this cause in 2003 (58.4). The median age at death was lower for males (61.9 years) than females (65.3 years).