16 Mar 2021

Andrew Little on new type 2 diabetes report

From Morning Report, 8:19 am on 16 March 2021

The number of New Zealanders with type 2 diabetes is expected to increase by 70 to 90 percent over the next 20 years if nothing is done to address the growing epidemic. 

A new report commissioned by Diabetes New Zealand and several health organisations has found the cost of the disease could balloon to $3.5 billion by 2040 if better systems are not put in place.

Pasifika, Māori and Asian populations are disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes and their health outcomes will worsen. 

Minister of Health Andrew Little spoke to Corin Dann.