First Nations communities health data hints at high rates of diabetes – CBC

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Mar 30, 2016

Data specific to First Nations communities collected from the provincial MSI system

A project collecting health data from First Nations communities in Nova Scotia is revealing some troubling statistics.

According to information from the First Nations Client Linkage Registry, the rates of diabetes among aboriginal people between the ages of 20 and 39 is five times higher than the general population of Nova Scotia.

It also found breast cancer screening rates are low and people in First Nations communities are likely to have a heart attack 10 years earlier than other Nova Scotians.

The registry, which is a joint project of First Nations chiefs, the province and Health Canada, allows data specific to First Nations communities to be collected from the provincial Medical Services Insurance Program (MSI).

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