1. In 2019 11.6% of people in HNC had diabetes.
  2. In 2018-19, the rate of hospitalisations for Diabetes complications in HNC were the 4th highest in NSW. HNC rate 159.6 per 100,000, NSW 135.9.
  3. Where rates of diabetes in NSW dropped between 2018-19 and 2019-20, rates in HNC experienced an increase because of increased rates in the NNSW region.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working age adults, it is a leading cause of kidney failure and dialysis. It increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke by up to 4 times and is a major cause of limb amputations and affects mental health as well as physical health. Depression, anxiety and distress occur in more than 30% of all people with diabetes