Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to keep blood glucose (sugar) levels in the normal range. Diabetes can lead to cardiovascular disease, blindness, kidney disease and vascular problems. There is no cure for diabetes at present but it can be controlled to enable a person to live a full and active life.
Although, Māori adults are more likely than adults in the total population to be diagnosed with diabetes in the course of their lifetime (seven percent compared to 4.3). The overall number of Māori adults to have ever been diagnosed with diabetes has slightly decreased from eight percent in 2002/03 to seven percent in 2006/07.
Graph 5: Prevalence of diabetes, 2002/03 - 2006/07
Source: Ministry of Health (2008). Ministry of Health: 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey. Note: Age-standardised prevalence for total adults.