Halton tops county and among England’s worst for dying young
HALTON has the worst mortality rates in Cheshire.
New research has shown that Halton is in the top 10 worst areas of England for the number or years lost to illnesses.
Cheshire East years lost are significantly below the English average and Cheshire West and Chester are the same as average.
Halton scores particularly high on deaths related to pneumonia and pancreatic cancer.
People in Halton also lose significantly above the average ● number of years to conditions including heart disease, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and stroke.
The research also shows that rates of premature mortality are two times higher in the most deprived areas of England.
Prof John Newton, author and director of health improvement at Public Health England, said: “This comprehensive assessment of health across the country highlights the stark division between rich and poor areas, which sees poorer people dying earlier and getting sicker quicker.
“It also shows the improvements to health that could be achieved by addressing underlying causes, such as poverty, education and other resources needed for good health.
“As we work to develop the NHS long-term plan, actions tackling the social and structural drivers of ill health are needed if we’re to improve the stubborn health gap between rich and poor areas of the country.”
More than half of premature deaths are linked to behavioural risk factors including tobacco use, unhealthy diet, obesity, alcohol and drug use, low physical activity, and environmental factors such as air pollution.
Co-author Prof Nicholas Steel said: “In many cases, the causes of ill health and the behaviours that cause it lie outside the control of health services. Our results argue for policies and programmes that deter the food industry from a business model based on cheap calories, that promote and sustain healthy built and natural environments, that help people stop smoking, and that encourage a healthy drinking culture.
“The same level of attention that has previously been given to the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer now needs to be directed at other major causes of mortality such as liver disease and dementia, and associated risk factors including unhealthy diets, alcohol, air pollution and drug misuse.”
Heart disease was the leading cause of premature death in the UK in 2016, and rates were two times higher in men than in women. Self-harm was the third leading cause of premature death for men.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the years lived with disability exceeded the years of life lost. Low back and neck pain, skin and subcutaneous diseases, migraine, depressive disorders, sense organ disorders and anxiety disorders were the leading causes of disability.
The different silhouette designs visible across Halton