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Diabetes in young people in the Top End of the Northern Territory
Article first published online: 5 JUN 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2013 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 49, Issue 11, pages 976–979, November 2013
How to Cite
Stone, M., Baker, A. and Maple Brown, L. (2013), Diabetes in young people in the Top End of the Northern Territory. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49: 976–979. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12265
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 5 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 FEB 2013
There is an increasing prevalence and burden of diabetes in young people, particularly Indigenous Australians. There have been no previous reports of the prevalence or burden of diabetes in young people in the Top End of the Northern Territory, a region of many risk factors for diabetes.
This is a retrospective study of cases of diabetes in children and adults aged less than 25 years who were seen at Royal Darwin Hospital as inpatients or outpatients between 2007 and 2011.
From a population base of approximately 75 000 young people living north of Tenant Creek, there were 70 young people with type 1 diabetes (12 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians) and 37 young people with type 2 diabetes (31 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australians). The median body mass index of those with type 2 diabetes was 28 kg/m2, and only 29% had a body mass index >30 kg/m2. Overall, glycaemic control was poor.
Rates of diabetes in young people in the Top End appear high. Case ascertainment and data collection were difficult for this study, highlighting the need for better database and systems for diabetes management.