Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Chronic Diseases

Diabetes Emergency Visits

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

Overall

There were 1,700 emergency visits among residents of Simcoe Muskoka for Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in 2016, which accounted for approximately one per cent of all visits. 

The age-standardized rate for DM visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2016 was 286 (272.6, 300.3) visits per 100,000 population, which was significantly  higher than the Ontario rate of 235 (232.8, 237.9) visits per 100,000 population.

The trend in DM emergency visits for both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario increased significantly from 2003 to 2007 before flattening from 2007 to 2016. The DM visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka were consistently above the provincial rates through-out this period of time. The standardized morbidity ratio (SMR) for DM emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka compared with Ontario was 1.21 (1.20, 1.23), which means that there was a 21 per cent greater DM emergency visit experience in Simcoe Muskoka relative to Ontario between 2003 and 2016.

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By Sex

In 2016, the age-standardized DM emergency visit rate among Simcoe Muskoka males was 318.5 (298.2, 339.9) visits per 100,000, which was significantly higher than the female rate of 258.3 (240.1, 277.7) visits per 100,000. The DM emergency visit rates for both Ontario males and females were significantly lower than the Simcoe Muskoka rates in 2016.

The DM emergency visit rates among males increased significantly from 2003 to 2007 before declining slightly, but significantly, from 2007 to 2016. The rates among females had a small but significant increasing trend over the 14-year period from 2003 to 2016. The DM emergency visit rates among males in Simcoe Muskoka were significantly higher than the female rate for this entire time period.

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By Age Group

Emergency visits for DM increases with age. The age-specific rate for DM emergency visits between 2011 and 2016 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among those 75 years and older at 709 (675.6, 742.9) emergency visits per 100,000 population. The Simcoe Muskoka age-specific DM emergency visit rates were significantly higher than the provincial rates for all age groups over this six-year period of time.

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By Income

For the time period from 2011 to 2016 (combined), Simcoe Muskoka residents living in areas with the highest prevalence of low-income had more than double the rate of DM emergency visits when compared with those living in areas with the lowest prevalence of low-income.

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