Men stay more healthy for longer despite shorter lives

PUBLISHED: 14:02 28 July 2014

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WOMEN can expect a lower healthy life expectancy in North Somerset despite living on average almost four years longer than their male counterparts.

The region boasts an above-average typical life expectancy for both men and women - but while men enjoy almost 66 years in good health, women trail behind on just 64, new Office of National Statistics figures reveal.

For England as a whole, the average life expectancy is 79.2 years for men, and 83.0 years for women, while in North Somerset the figure lies at 79.6 and 83.5 years.

The trend of men staying healthy for longer is far from unique to North Somerset, with the same pattern found in almost a quarter of the 150 authorities measured.

There was better news for Somerset, where the life expectancy is 80.4 years for men, with 65.9 years as healthy, with 84.1 and 67.7 years respectively for women.

A spokesman for North Somerset Council said: “The health of people in North Somerset is generally better than the England average. Life expectancy for men and women is similar to the England average, which is encouraging.

“We must continue to work hard to reduce the inequalities in life expectancy that are seen as deprivation affects health across the course of life.”

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