New Zealanders living longer – global study

Saturday 15 Dec 2012 2:16 p.m.

New Zealand men are living 10 years longer than they were in 1970 and woman eight years longer (file)

New Zealand men are living 10 years longer than they were in 1970 and woman eight years longer (file)

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New Zealanders are living longer but chronic diseases such as diabetes are taking a greater toll on our health, a global study shows.

New Zealand men are living 10 years longer than they were in 1970 and woman eight years longer, according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study.

Figures for New Zealand show male life expectancy in 2010 was 78.6 years, up from 68.5 years four decades earlier.

The life expectancy of a woman was 82.7 years in 2010, up from 74.7 years in 1970.

Heart attacks and lung cancer were the biggest disease burdens in Australia and New Zealand, the research found.

Diabetes is now the 10th largest burden of disease, measured by years of life lost, in Australia and New Zealand, compared to 19th globally.

Worldwide, injuries - including suicide and self-harm - were still a major contributor to deaths.

The study, published in the medical journal The Lancet yesterday, updates a 1996 study. It was commissioned by the World Bank.

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