Cardiovascular risk profile of Australians aged 18 to 44

Clinical risk factors

Blood pressure (1)

In 2014/15, more than 950,000 Australians aged 18 to 44 had high blood pressure (140/90mmHg or higher).

This represents one in ten Australians aged 18 to 44 with unmanaged or controlled high blood pressure. (1)

 

18–24

25–34

35–44

18–44

# of persons ('000)

127.4

327.0

510.7

965.1

% of persons

5.9%

9.6%

16.1%

11.1%

 

Total cholesterol (2)

In 2011/12, more than 2 million Australians aged 18 to 44 had high total cholesterol (≥ 5.5 mmol/L). This represents close to one in four Australians aged 18 to 44 with unmanaged or controlled high total cholesterol. (1)

 

18–24

25–34

35–44

18–44

# of persons ('000)

220.2

796.7

1,056.6

2,073.5

% of persons

10.1%

24.8%

33.7%

24.3%

 

Diabetes (2)

In 2011/12, just under 90,000 Australians aged 18 to 44 had diabetes, or just over 1%. (1)

 

18–24

25–34

35–44

18–44

# of persons ('000)

5.4

16.2

68.2

89.8

% of persons

0.3%

0.6%

2.8%

1.3%

 

Kidney disease (2)

In 2011/12, more than 30,000 Australians aged 18 to 44 had kidney disease. (1)

 

18–24

25–34

35–44

18–44

# of persons ('000)

17.1

12.5

1.7

31.3

% of persons

0.8%

0.4%

0.1%

0.4%

 

Lifestyle risk factors

Smoking (1)

In 2014/15, close to one in five Australians aged 18 to 44 were smokers, or an estimated 1.6 million.

 

18–24

25–34

35–44

18–44

# of persons ('000)

361.0

680.4

579.4

1,627.0

% of persons

16.7%

20.1%

18.3%

18.7%

 

Overweight/obesity (1)

More than one in every two, or an estimated 4.7 million Australians aged 18 to 44 were either overweight or obese.

In addition, one in two Australians aged 18 to 44 were at risk of chronic disease based on waist circumference.

 

18–24

25–34

35–44

18–44

# of persons ('000)

843.4

1,777.3

2,087.4

4,708.1

% of persons

38.9%

52.4%

65.9%

54.0%

 

Sedentary behaviour (1)

In 2014/15, more than 5.3 million Australians aged 18 to 44 were inactive (or low level of exercise). In fact, more than half did no exercise at all.

 

18–24

25–34

35–44

18–44

# of persons ('000)

1,300.4

1,965.2

2,095.1

5,360.7

% of persons

60.0%

58.0%

66.2%

61.4%

 

References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Health Survey 2014/15.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Health Survey 2011/12.

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