August 09, 2013
Health loss hits Māori harder
A new study from the Ministry of Health has found the health loss among Māori from injury or disease was almost 1.8 times greater than the rest of the population.
The New Zealand Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors study is a 10 year study aimed at allowing funders and policymakers to compare the relative impacts of different diseases, injuries and risk factors on health.
It found more than half of Māori health loss occurs before middle age.
Coronary heart disease was the leading specific cause of health loss for all groups, followed by anxiety and depressive disorders.
After that, diabetes, lung cancer, traumatic brain injury and alcohol use disorders were more likely to affect Māori.
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