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Disadvantaged Australians twice as likely to die from diabetes
Katherine O’Chee | 승인 2019.02.07 14:51

Australians living in disadvantaged areas are twice as likely to die from diabetes as those with from the most privileged parts of the country, according to new research that suggests the health gap between the richest and the poorest is growing. 

The report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Indicators of socioeconomic inequalities in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease, examines how an individual’s socioeconomic status influenced their likelihood of developing or dying from diabetes, chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and strokes. 

The report concludes that social disadvantage was linked to higher rates of disease and greater chances of dying. 

“If everyone had the same chance of dying from these diseases as people in the highest socioeconomic group, in a one-year period there would be 8,600 fewer deaths from cardiovascular disease, 6,900 fewer deaths from diabetes, and 4,800 fewer deaths from chronic kidney disease,” AIHW spokesperson Lynelle Moon said. 

The diabetes death rate for women in the lowest socioeconomic group was 2.4 times as high as those in the highest socioeconomic group. For men, the same ratio was 2.2 times. 

Meanwhile, men aged over 25 were about 1.5 times as likely to have a heart attack if they lived in the lowest socioeconomic areas than those who lived in the highest socioeconomic areas. 

The report also considers other factors including housing and education. Women over 25 living in rental properties were 1.5 times as likely to die from kidney disease as those who owned their properties. Moreover, higher education was linked to lower rates of disease and death.

“If all Australians had the same rates of disease as those with a Bachelor’s degree or higher, there would have been 7,800 fewer deaths due to cardiovascular disease, 3,700 fewer deaths due to diabetes, and 2,000 fewer deaths due to chronic kidney disease in 2011-12,” Dr Moon said.

Katherine O’Chee  edit@hanhodaily.com

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