Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Chronic Diseases

Diabetes Emergency Visits

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

Overall

There were over 1,500 emergency visits among residents of Simcoe Muskoka for Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in 2020. The age-standardized rate for DM visits in Simcoe Muskoka for all ages and sexes in 2020 was 244.6 (232.4, 257.3) visits per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 202.3 (200.0, 204.6) visits per 100,000 population.

The DM emergency visit rates dropped in 2020 by 10% in Simcoe Muskoka and by approximately 15% for Ontario overall. It is unclear if this decrease was due to changes in health care use and access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The trend in DM emergency visits for both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario increased significantly from 2003 to 2007 before flattening from 2007 to 2019. The DM visit rates in Simcoe Muskoka were consistently above the provincial rates through-out this time. The standardized morbidity ratio (SMR) for DM emergency visits in Simcoe Muskoka compared with Ontario was 1.16 (1.13, 1.18), which means that there was a 16 per cent greater DM emergency visit experience in Simcoe Muskoka relative to Ontario between 2016 and 2020.

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By Sex

In 2020, the age-standardized DM emergency visit rate among Simcoe Muskoka males was 293.0 (274.1, 312.9) visits per 100,000, which was significantly higher than the female rate of 198.7 (183.1, 215.2) visits per 100,000. The DM emergency visit rates for both Ontario males and females were significantly lower than the Simcoe Muskoka rates in 2020.

The 2020 DM emergency visit rates dropped by about 5% among Simcoe Muskoka males compared with a 15% drop among Simcoe Muskoka females. The DM emergency visit rate has not changed significantly for neither males nor females between 2009 and 2019.

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By Age Group

Emergency visits for DM increases with age. The age-specific rate for DM emergency visits between 2016 and 2020 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among those 75 years and older at 568.1 (538.0, 599.5) 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 under 65 years of age over this five-year period.

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By Income

For the period from 2016 to 2020 (combined), Simcoe Muskoka residents living in areas with the highest amount of material deprivation (as measured by the 2016 Ontario Marginalization Index) had more than double the rate of DM emergency visits when compared with those living in areas with the least amount of material deprivation.

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Page last updated June 9, 2022