In 2018, approximately 670,000 New Zealanders aged 15 or over are living with at least one type of arthritis. This equates to 17.0% of the population aged 15 or over, or 1 in 6 people. Of this, an estimated 55% are female and 44% are male. The prevalence increases with age and, for people aged over 65 years, more than 45% have some form of arthritis.
As the New Zealand population continues to age, finding better treatments for arthritis will become more and more important. You shouldn’t have to spend your well-earned retirement years in pain.