NZers living longer but more years in poor health

15 months ago
By: Daphne Atkinson

The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors Study 2019 has found Kiwis are living longer but spending more years in poor health.


The international study, published in the Lancet, analysed hundreds of causes of death, diseases and injuries in 204 countries and territories and found the increase in chronic diseases - many of which are preventable - left the world vulnerable to diseases like Covid-19.

According to the study, the life expectancy for New Zealanders last year was 81.8 years - an increase of 6.2 years - but our healthy life expectancy has only increased 4.7 years to 69.4. That means we are living longer in poor health. Read more in the NZ Herald