Hal­ton tops county and among Eng­land’s worst for dy­ing young

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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

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