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Diabetes contributed to 10% of all deaths in 2014, that is over 15,700 deaths, according to the AIHW National Mortality Database. Diabetes was the underlying cause of death in around 4,300 deaths (28% of diabetes deaths). It was an associated cause of death in a further 11,400 deaths (72% of diabetes deaths).
Diabetes is far more likely to be listed as an associated cause of death. This is because it is often not diabetes itself that leads directly to death but one of its complications that will be listed as the underlying cause of death on the death certificate. When diabetes is an associated cause of death, the conditions most commonly listed as the underlying cause of death were coronary heart disease, cancer and stroke.
Where diabetes was listed as the underlying and/or associated cause of death:
Diabetes death rates have remained relatively stable over the last two to three decades, both where diabetes is the underlying cause of death and where it is the underlying and/or associated cause of death:
Note: Age-standardised to the 2001 Australian Standard Population.
Source: AIHW National Mortality Database (Data table).
In 2014, diabetes death rates (as the underlying and/or associated cause):
Diabetes death rates (as the underlying and/or associated cause) increased with remoteness and socioeconomic disadvantage, and were higher among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people:
For more information on how deaths are registered, coded and updated, see about deaths data.
For more information on diabetes deaths, see Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: Australian facts: mortality and Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease: Australian facts: Indigenous Australians.