Census figures help shed light on state of Cayman’s health

The top three diagnosed illnesses in the Cayman Islands are high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma, in that order, according to the 2010 Census.

The census also showed that the top two disabilities in Cayman are sight and leg disabilities, with 14.6 and 9.6 in 1,000 people, respectively.

Females have a higher rate of disability (58.7 per 1,000) compared with males (an average of 52.4 per 1,000).

The census, made public last week, showed there was a far higher incidence of disability among Caymanians (83 per 1,000) than in non-Caymanians (20.3 per 1,000). This is likely due to the fact that disabled individuals would not travel overseas to gain employment.

The report offered information on illnesses, diseases and disabilities that are otherwise not tracked, as the cancer registry is the only registry in Cayman to track a specific disease, and that is in its early days and it will be several years before the registry can shed accurate light on local cancer rates.

According to the census, 7.9 people in every 1,000 in Cayman have cancer.

The census showed that the rate of high blood pressure in the population was 89.1 per 1,000; the rate of diabetes was 43 per 1,000; and the rate of asthma was 28.3 per 1,000.

There were 18 cases of HIV/AIDS, equivalent to a rate of 0.3 people per 1,000. The incidence of heart conditions were 14.2 in 1,000.

The incidence of illness among Caymanians (275.8 per 1,000) was more than twice that of non-Caymanians (102.2 per 1,000) – again, because people who are sick are unlikely to travel overseas for work.

The incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma were all higher among females than males, the census showed.

According to the census results, 46,712 people or 86.8 per cent of Cayman’s residents have health insurance coverage, while 121 people, or 0.2 per cent of the population, were deemed uninsurable, and 6,512 people, or 12.1 per cent, had no health insurance in 2010.

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