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Shocking life expectancy study shows how much longer you’re likely to live if you’re from London

Shocking life expectancy study shows how much longer you’re likely to live if you’re from London

The study examined 40-year-old men and women in the UK

Despite us Northerners always complaining about how hectic London is, it seems that there could be some method to the noisy southern madness.

A shocking life expectancy study has shown us how much longer you’re likely to live if you’re from the capital.

The UK study looked into 40-year-old men and women and how likely they are going to live for, depending on what area they are from.

The findings were conducted by care experts Guardian Carers, who analysed ONS data to reveal how long people are expected to live from the age of 40 across the UK, with a spokesperson referring to the findings as 'concerning'.

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It was concluded that the big North West cities, such as Manchester and Liverpool, were in the bottom 10 while London and the South East were near the top of the best area for life expectancy list.

The study found that, on average, 40-year-old women in Kensington and Chelsea had the highest life expectancy in the UK. These women are expected to live for another 48.64 years.

Whereas a Glasgow woman only has 39.33 more years to live.

Similarly with men, a 40-year-old in Westminster can hope for another 45.49 years, while a 40-year-old Glasgow man has just a 34.76 year expectancy.

"We aren't talking about a difference of a couple of months here; there are years being shaved off people's lives and it's down to regional health inequalities and income deprivation," Tina Woods, CEO of Business for Health, told MailOnline.

"Reduced life expectancy occurs when people have limited access to health care, experience a lower standard of care and practice more risky health-related behaviours such as smoking.

"Many of these factors are influenced by wider determinants such as income, housing, environment, transport, education and work therefore tackling health inequalities requires an understanding of the interaction of these factors to help implement measures and effective support systems in place."

London had the highest life expectancy.
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The CEO also pointed to the cost-of-living crisis and the COVID pandemic as two of the possible factors in the change of life expectancy.

"Similarly, to the aftershocks experienced by the pandemic, evidenced by life expectancy in England falling in 2020 for the first time since 2000, we will see widened health inequalities due to the cost-of-living crisis," Ms Woods added.

"People in those deprived areas will struggle to make healthy food choices or even afford to buy three meals a day.

"As well as this, heightened financial pressures can cause an increase in stress, depression and anxiety which will impact overall health.

"Given the cost-of-living crisis and the rising prices of necessities including food and shelter, those living in more income deprived areas are likely to suffer and in turn, their life expectancy will suffer.

"If we take the impact of food poverty as an example, food prices have already risen 14.3%, according to the British Retail Consortium."

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Topics: UK News, Health