Heart disease affects 2 in 3 people with type 2

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Heart disease contributes to almost two in three deaths of people with type 2 diabetes and is a major contributor to shortening the life expectancy for both men and women (8.2 years for men and 9.1 years for women), yet according to a national survey by Diabetes Australia only 12 per cent of people with type 2 diabetes think they are at risk of the disease.

The survey also found 59 per cent of people with type 2 diabetes didn’t know heart disease was the number one cause of death for people with type 2 diabetes and only 6 per cent thought they were at personal risk of having a heart attack.

The worrying findings have prompted Diabetes Australia to launch a new awareness campaign, Take Diabetes 2 Heart.

Heart disease is one of the most common complications that people with diabetes develop, however most people don’t know this and underestimate their risk. But according to the Diabetes Australia survey the good news is that 99 per cent of people said would act to reduce their risk, if they were aware of it.

Lifestyle changes, including healthy eating and getting more physical activity, can significantly reduce someone’s risk of developing heart disease.  So its important for people living with type 2 diabetes to talk to their GP about what they can do.  There is also information and resources available on the Take Diabetes 2 Heart website including real life stories of people with type 2 diabetes and the people who love them – including our very own Ambassador Yvonne Appleby and her friend Faye.

See how your community stacks up.

The table below provides an Australia-wide analysis on prevalence of type 2 diabetes and heart disease and reveals the number of people expected to die from heart disease.

State Area People with type 2 diabetes # Estimated number that will die from heart disease or stroke*
ACT Australian Capital Territory 14331 9172
NSW Central and Eastern Sydney 53322 34126
NSW Hunter New England and Central Coast 63646 40733
NSW Murrumbidgee 13289 8505
NSW Nepean Blue Mountains 18561 11879
NSW North Coast 24613 15752
NSW Northern Sydney 26348 16863
NSW South Eastern NSW 33031 21140
NSW South Western Sydney 55936 35799
NSW Western NSW 17498 11199
NSW Western Sydney 50918 32588
NT Northern Territory 13552 8673
QLD Brisbane North 35663 22824
QLD Brisbane South 45996 29437
QLD Central Queensland, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast 41163 26344
QLD Darling Downs and West Moreton 28537 18264
QLD Gold Coast 20369 13036
QLD Northern Queensland 33060 21158
QLD Western Queensland 3751 2401
SA Adelaide 63458 40613
SA Country SA 30928 19794
TAS Tasmania 24675 15792
VIC Eastern Melbourne 62538 40024
VIC Gippsland 17007 10884
VIC Murray 32704 20931
VIC North Western Melbourne 76907 49220
VIC South Eastern Melbourne 63212 40456
VIC Western Victoria 32429 20755
WA Country WA 25591 16378
WA Perth North 40660 26022
WA Perth South 43981 28148
Total 1107674 708911


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