Life expectancy in East Lancashire among worst in the country

Life expectancy in East Lancashire among worst in the country

Life expectancy in East Lancashire among worst in the country

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BABIES born in Lancashire are expected to live longer than before – but life expectancy is still among the worst in the country.

Information released by Public Health England showed girls born in Blackburn now are expected to live to 79.5 years on average, while boys will live to 74.5.

In Burnley, girls can expect to reach 79.8 years, boys will live to 75.4 years.

The figures have improved slightly – in 2010 a National Audit Office report said in Blackburn men would live to 74.2 years and women to 79.2 .

But Blackburn still has the fifth worst life expectancy for men, and fourth worst for women, with only Liverpool, Manchester and Blackpool coming in lower.

Burnley fared slightly better, with women’s life expectancy eighth lowest in the country, and tenth lowest for males.

The figures are in stark contrast to many areas of the country, including Cramlington in Northumberland where female babies are expected to live to 105, and Beggarwood in Hampshire, where girls are expected to live to 104.3.

Professor John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England (PHE), said: “Life expectancy continues to increase in England. From 2000 to 2012 it rose by 3.2 years for males and 2.4 years for females. However, profound inequalities in life expectancy persist across the country, between men and women and the most and least deprived areas.

“The PHE has provided local authorities with information on the causes of death. Targeting these causes of death should have a significant impact.

“Likelihood of dying early varies widely between areas due to risk factors such as being overweight, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, but these factors are also closely linked to economic deprivation and other aspects of the way we live that may be beyond an individual’s control.

“If we are to change the pattern of early mortality public agencies need to work with industry and local people to create healthy communities and healthy places to live .”

In Blackburn the leading cause of death was coronary heart disease, while in the rest of Lancashire it was respiratory diseases.

Death rates in East Lancashire for cancer, heart disease, respiratory diseases, circulatory disease, and stroke were all significantly higher than the averages for the rest of the country.

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8:04pm Tue 28 Jan 14

TattyAnn says...

Despite this massive discrepancy in life expectancy, there is no difference in retirement age between the areas with longer living workers and us poor Northerners. We are now expected to work up to our last breath to fund the extra 20+ years retirement enjoyed by people in Hampshire.
Despite this massive discrepancy in life expectancy, there is no difference in retirement age between the areas with longer living workers and us poor Northerners. We are now expected to work up to our last breath to fund the extra 20+ years retirement enjoyed by people in Hampshire. TattyAnn
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8:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Legal Beagle says...

I think the weather has something to do with it. Just looking at the rain day after day after day makes me lose the will to live.
I think the weather has something to do with it. Just looking at the rain day after day after day makes me lose the will to live. Legal Beagle
  • Score: 1

5:27am Wed 29 Jan 14

Timefor says...

The fact is that where there is such large income inequality as in the UK (which has one of the largest in the developed world) then there are more infant deaths and people have shorter lives than in more equal countries. The sooner politicians address this issue and narrow the gap in incomes then the sooner everyone's lives will improve.
The fact is that where there is such large income inequality as in the UK (which has one of the largest in the developed world) then there are more infant deaths and people have shorter lives than in more equal countries. The sooner politicians address this issue and narrow the gap in incomes then the sooner everyone's lives will improve. Timefor
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