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Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing preventable health conditions in Aotearoa New Zealand. It can cause serious complications including heart attacks and strokes, kidney disease, blindness and limb amputations. EDOR researchers are working on ways to prevent and better manage this chronic disease.

In 2021 EDOR contributed to a report into the scale and cost of type 2 diabetes.  The report found that nearly 5% of New Zealanders have type 2 diabetes and this is forecast to increase by 70-90% over the next twenty years. The current annual cost of type 2 diabetes in New Zealand is $2.1 billion, which is 0.67% of our country's GDP.

There are significant ethnic inequalities among those affected by this disease, with rates being much higher in Māori, Pacific, Asian and Indian communities.

Read more about the cost of type 2 diabetes report

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