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Diabetes and high sugar levels
All types reported were recorded for the item 'whether ever told by a doctor or nurse':
More than one response was allowed.
Information was obtained for all persons in the NHS.
Analysis presented in the National Health Survey: First Results ( cat. no. 4364.0.55.001) classifies people as having diabetes if they have reported having been told by a doctor or nurse that they had diabetes, irrespective of whether the person considered their diabetes to be current or long-term. Estimates in all ABS publications exclude gestational diabetes and diabetes insipidus. This definition was first used for estimates of diabetes in Australian Health Survey: Updated Results, 2011-12 (cat. no. 4364.0.55.003).
Respondents were asked:
Those who had been diagnosed with diabetes or high sugar levels were asked:
Those reporting only diabetes insipidus were not asked any further questions.
Respondents reporting current diabetes are assumed to have long-term diabetes, with the exception of gestational diabetes which is considered to be short-term. If the respondent reported they currently had high sugar levels they were asked an additional question to determine whether their high sugar levels had lasted, or were expected to last, for six months or more (i.e. were long-term).
Respondents aged 50 years and over who had not been diagnosed with diabetes or high sugar levels, and those of any age who had not been diagnosed with diabetes or high sugar levels but had current, long-term heart or circulatory conditions, were asked whether they had been screened for diabetes in the last 3 years/ever been screened for diabetes.
Those with diagnosed diabetes or diagnosed, current, long-term high sugar levels were asked:
Those with diagnosed, current diabetes and diagnosed, current, long-term HSL were asked
Those with current diabetes were also asked:
The questionnaire, data items and related output categories for this topic are available in pdf / Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Points to be considered in interpreting data for this topic include the following:
Comparability with 2014-15
Diabetes and high sugar levels data are considered directly comparable between the 2017-18 and 2014-15 NHS.
More information regarding comparisons between 2014-15 NHS and previous cycles is available in the National Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2014-15 (cat. no. 4363.0).
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