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STATISTICS

Causes & Effects

  • The leading cause of death for men in NZ is heart disease, followed by stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and lung cancer.

  • The causes of death are in the same order for women, but the rate of heart disease among men is almost twice that of women. Death rates are considerably higher for Maori than non-Maori.  

  • Both transport accidents and suicide are significant causes of death among men, especially younger men.

  • The male rate for these is almost three times the rate for women.

  • Prostate cancer, an exclusively male condition, is the seventh most significant cause of men’s death - a rate similar to breast cancer among women. 

  • The major causes of sickness in NZ men mirror the leading causes of death, with the addition of mental health problems.

  • Depression is the leading cause of mental ill-health in NZ men.

  • As the population ages, various forms of dementia are likely to become more common.  

 

Your health is precious. If you fall sick and can’t work you will need money to pay the bills. Insurance can help you make ends meet if you are unable to earn your normal income. 
 

 

Hearts

General heart statistics in New Zealand:

 

  • 172,000    people are living with heart disease

  • 33% of deaths annually are caused by cardiovascular disease

  • Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from heart disease

  • 5,000 people die prematurely from smoking each year it is estimated

  • Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women globally

  • 55 women die from heart disease in New Zealand each week

  • Women are 5x more likely to die from a heart disease than breast cancer

 

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