You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Diabetes disparity huge in Auckland: study

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/06/2016

The distance from south Auckland to the North Shore is only about 25 kilometres - but in that space the odds of residents getting diabetes nearly double, researchers say.

A new study from University of Auckland researchers has looked at rates of diabetes across the city's electoral districts and found huge disparities in outcomes for residents.

It found Mangere residents were the most likely to have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, with 17.3 per cent of people suffering from the disease, while it only affected 3.2 per cent of those on the North Shore.

Those compared to the city's average of 8.5 per cent - fairly close to the national average figure.

Even adjusted for age, gender and ethnicity, the results found those in the most deprived areas were between 1.87 and two times more likely to have diabetes.

Study lead Daniel Exeter said the causes behind the gap were complex, and included factors even going back before people were born.

"Factors such as maternal deprivation in pregnancy, the local food environment, stress and access to health care are also seen as contributing to this," he said.

"These inequities across the Auckland region are stark reminders that even in one relatively small metropolitan area, there can be huge variations in rates of key health conditions."

Dr Exeter said he hoped the research would help inform public policy.

"It allows the inequities in health outcomes to speak for themselves, so that politicians can represent their constituents when seeking to improve the health of their populations."

Community programmes, such as involving schools, could be especially important, he said.

The study, published in the NZ Medical Journal on Friday, looked at data from 63,000 diabetes patients over the age of 30 from 2011.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon