Brits 'on course to live longer'

06 May 2015 10:34

You are never too old to go on holiday

You are never too old to go on holiday

Women nearing the age of 90 across Wales and England could be the norm rather than the exception in 15 years' time, according to new research.

During this period, men are also set to close the survival gap on women in terms of years lived, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) data suggests.

Stat attack

- Men's lifespans are predicted to jump from an average 79.5 in 2012 to 85.7 in 2030.

- Women's life expectancies are due to climb from 83.3 to 87.6 in that same time-frame.

- These are both higher than the ONS's original predictions, 2.4 years more in the case of men and 12 months for women.

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Geographic divides

It looks like the chances of living longer will largely depend on where you live by 2030, the study suggests.

For example, London and southern England residents are typically likely to live eight years longer than those in Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool and other northern English urban centres, plus South Wales.

That is comparable to the life expectancy difference between people living in Britain and Vietnam or Sri Lanka.

The researchers said that the gulf between richer and poorer neighbourhoods is only likely to get worse and match the disparities between rich Western nations and developing ones.

Nowhere is this better illustrated than in London. The capital's survival figures showed a marked difference between the rich and the poor.

Only three years ago, the more affluent people of Chelsea and Kensington typically lived five to six years longer than poorer Londoners in Tower Hamlets, Dagenham and Barking.

What the experts say

Majid Ezzati, the project's lead scientist, warned that bigger-than-anticipated life expectancy growth will put added strain on social services and health budgets.

And Prof Ezzati, one of the Imperial College London scientists, highlighted the expanding trend towards a widening survival gap between rich and poor.

He suggested that the more affluent should fund social services and state healthcare more by paying higher taxes.

The study is reported in the medical journal, The Lancet.

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