Big Health Issues

Men’s Health – these are the big ones


  • Diabetes is New Zealand’s fastest-growing health crisis, directly affecting almost a quarter of a million people.
  • Ministry of Health figures show there are over 240,000 people in New Zealand who have been diagnosed with diabetes (mostly Type 2).
  • It is thought there are another 100,000 people who have it but don’t know.
  • Diabetes is most common among Māori and Pacific Islanders who are three times more likely to get it as other New Zealanders.
  • South Asian people are also more likely to develop diabetes.
  • Diabetes more than doubles your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
  • The number of people with both types of diabetes is rising – there are over 40 new diabetes diagnoses every day.
Diatetes – Are You At Risk?
  • It’s believed one in four Kiwis is prediabetic, a glucose-related condition that can develop into Type 2 diabetes.
  • This can be delayed or avoided with a healthy lifestyle of nutritional eating and regular exercise.
  • Taking your Men’s Health Check and visiting a health professional is a great way to assess your risk of diabetes.

The risk factors Diabetes NZ suggests you look for

Diabetes New Zealand – information, advice, support

Prostate Cancer

Around 1 in 10 New Zealand men will develop prostate cancer at some stage in their lifetime.

Here’s what you should know:

  • Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among New Zealand men.
  • If found early, men with prostate cancer have a better chance of successful treatment
  • Each year over Kiwi 4000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and approximately 700 men die from it.
  • 80% of diagnoses are for men aged 60 or over.
  • Prostate cancer frequently does not produce any symptoms until the condition is quite advanced; it’s often found after treatment is sought for problems with urinary function
  • The incidence of prostate cancer in New Zealand is increasing.
  • The causes of prostate cancer are still not fully understood.

Get tested

  • There are a range of tests your doctor can arrange which can determine if you have or may be developing prostate cancer.
  • These include the PSA test, physical examination and ultrasound testing. All are painless, simple and easy to get underway.
  • The earlier you get on to it, the better your chances of beating prostate cancer will be.