Life expectancy stats favour the south

Wishaw Press - - CEREMONY -

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 that may oc­cur through some­one’s life­time.

“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.

Be­tween 2014-2016 and 2015-2017, life expectancy in Scot­land as a whole fell by ap­prox­i­mately 0.1 years for both males and 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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