Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Chronic Diseases

Diabetes Mellitus (DM) Hospitalizations

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income

Overall

There were over 735 hospital stays for Diabetes Mellitus (DM) among residents of Simcoe Muskoka in 2020, for an age-standardized hospitalization rate of 112.2 (104.0, 120.8) hospitalizations per 100,000 population, which was significantly higher than the Ontario rate of 99.0 (97.5, 100.6) hospitalizations; per 100,000 population.

The DM hospitalization rates dropped in 2020 by over 10% in Simcoe Muskoka and by approximately 5% for Ontario overall. It is unclear if this decrease was due to changes in health care use and access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From the mid-2000’s to the early 2010’s there was a significant downward trend in the DM hospitalization rates in both Simcoe Muskoka and Ontario overall; however, from the early 2010’s to 2019 there was a significant upward trend in rates.

 

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By Sex

In 2020, the age-standardized DM hospitalization rate among Simcoe Muskoka males was 130.4 (118.1, 143.8) hospitalizations per 100,000, which was significantly higher than the female rate of 96.1 (85.4, 107.7) hospitalizations per 100,000. The DM hospitalization rates for both Ontario females and males were significantly lower than the comparable Simcoe Muskoka rates in 2020.

The 2020 DM hospitalization rates dropped by about 10% among Simcoe Muskoka males compared with a 15% drop among Simcoe Muskoka females. Both the Simcoe Muskoka male and female DM hospitalization rates declined significantly from 2005 to 2012 with an average annual decrease of approximately 4% per year. From 2012 to 2019 the male and female DM hospitalization rates increased at small but significant rate.

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By Age Group

Hospitalizations for DM increases with age. The age-specific rate for DM hospitalizations between 2016 and 2020 (combined) in Simcoe Muskoka was highest among those 75 years and older at 293.7 (272.1, 316.4) hospital discharges per 100,000 population. The Simcoe Muskoka age-specific DM hospitalization rates were not significantly different from the provincial rates for seniors 65 years of age and older; however, the Simcoe Muskoka rates were significantly higher than the provincial rates for all age groups less than 65 years.

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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 nearly triple the rate of DM hospitalizations when compared with those living in areas with the least amount of material deprivation.

 

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Page last updated June 9, 2022