What it measures
Dimension: Physical Health Conditions
This indicator is taken from Statistics Canada's annual Canadian Community Health Survey, and it reports the percentage of individuals, 12 years of age or older, who have been diagnosed by a health professional with diabetes. The official definition by Statistics Canada on what they measure is this:
Diabetes is a growing public health concern, and is an important indicator of physical health because Type 2 is strongly connected to diet and lifestyle factors. Data from the Nurses Health Study suggests that the majority of Type 2 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