Story: Men’s health

Male and female life expectancy, 1950–2014

This graph shows the increase in life expectancy at birth for both males and females since 1950. Although there has been a general increase, life expectancy for men has increased faster than that of women, reducing from a difference of about six years in the 1980s to about three years in 2014. However, a girl born in the 21st century can still be expected to live longer than a boy born in that year.

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How to cite this page:

Robert Beaglehole, 'Men’s health - Health of New Zealand men', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 January 2020)

Story by Robert Beaglehole, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jul 2017