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Research in Western Australia's remote Kimberley region has found that the Indigenous population are ageing at a much quicker rate than other Australians.
The research, led by the University of Western Australia's Centre for Health and Ageing, found that health morbidity figures in the Indigenous population at 45 years of age, were comparable to the non-Indigenous population at 70 years of age.
The research found that diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, kidney disease and dementia all contribute to the discrepancy, and that prevention, early detection and correct treatment are important in improving health outcomes in these populations.
Source: ABC news