What it measures
Dimension: Physical Health Conditions
Self-reported diabetes represents the population aged 12 years and older who report that they have been diagnosed by a health professional as diabetic. Diabetes is a growing public health concern, and is an important indicator of physical health because it is strongly connected to diet and lifestyle factors. Data from the Nurses Health Study suggests that 90% of diabetes cases could be prevented by improved nutrition, exercise and a healthy weight.
Why this matters
Diabetes is a serious health condition that increases the risk of acquiring other health problems such as heart disease, blindness and kidney failure. As such, low diabetes prevelance is an indicator of a healthy population.
Indicator data table
|Year||Percentage of Diabetes prevalence (% yes)|
Statistics Canada CANSIM Tables 104-0011, 105-0011 and 105-0501.
Statistics Canada, Canadian Community Health Survey
Statistics Canada: Diabetes, 2013