Health di­vide re­vealed across La­nark­shire

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

ROBERT MITCHELL

A health di­vide has been ex­posed across La­nark­shire – as peo­ple born in the south can ex­pect to live longer than those in the north.

New statis­tics pub­lished by the Na­tional Records of Scot­land in­di­cate that life ex­pectancy for those born in 2015-2017 varies be­tween the two coun­cil ar­eas.

Males from South La­nark­shire can ex­pect to live 1.5 years longer than their coun­ter­parts in North La­nark­shire.

And women from the south of the re­gion are likely to live 1.3 years longer than those from the north.

The bad news for peo­ple liv­ing in North La­nark­shire was re­vealed last month.

Males born in North La­nark­shire be­tween 2015 and 2017 are ex­pected to live for 75.3 years, while those from South La­nark­shire can look for­ward to 76.8 years.

And women born in North La­nark­shire be­tween 2015 and 2017 are ex­pected to be around for 79.4 years, while those from South La­nark­shire are ex­pected to live for 80.7 years.

Av­er­age life ex­pectancy at birth for all of Scot­land was 77.0 years for males and 81.1 years for fe­males.

The re­port says that de­pri­va­tion is strongly linked to life ex­pectancy. In 20152017, males born in the 10 per cent most de­prived ar­eas within Scot­land could ex­pect to live 13 years fewer than those in the 10 per cent least de­prived area; for fe­males, the gap was 9.6 years.

And the re­port states: “Life ex­pectancy refers to the num­ber of years that a per­son could ex­pect to sur­vive if the cur­rent mor­tal­ity rates for each age group, sex and geo­graphic area re­main con­stant through­out their life.

“This is re­ferred to as ‘pe­riod life ex­pectancy’ and does not usu­ally re­flect the ac­tual num­ber of years that a per­son will sur­vive. This is be­cause it does not take into ac­count changes in health care and other so­cial fac­tors.

“How­ever, life ex­pectancy is a use­ful statis­tic as it pro­vides a snap­shot of the health of a pop­u­la­tion and al­lows the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of in­equal­i­ties be­tween pop­u­la­tions.“

Life ex­pectancy was high­est in East Ren­frew­shire where males born in 20152017 could ex­pect to live for 80.5 years and fe­males, for 83.7 years.

Glas­gow City had the low­est life ex­pectancy for those born in 2015-2017 at 73.3 years for males and 78.7 years for fe­males.

Since the 1980s, life ex­pectancy has risen by 5.8 years for fe­males and 7.9 years for males. How­ever, the most re­cent es­ti­mate shows a small de­crease in life ex­pectancy for both fe­males and males.

Across the NHS La­nark­shire area, the life ex­pectancy for males dropped from 76.1 years to 76.0 years.

And for women across the health board area, life ex­pectancy fell from 80.1 years to 80.0 years in the lat­est fig­ures.

Life ex­pectancy is also higher in ru­ral rather than ur­ban ar­eas across the whole of Scot­land.

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