British women have the second lowest life expectancy in western Europe, official figures have revealed.
Females in the UK are now anticipated to reside for 82 years and 9 months – virtually three years lower than these in Spain, the place women reside the longest.
Only in Denmark do women have a decrease life expectancy.
According to specialists, the surprising statistics can by linked to British women smoking closely since World War Two.
While British males’s life expectancy was greater than three years decrease than women’s, at 79 years, they ranked larger in comparability to their European counterparts.
UK males got here in a yr behind Sweden, which was prime of the desk, a Public Heath England report on the newest EU figures for 2015 revealed.
Deaths brought on by coronary heart illness and stroke have halved for each sexes since 2001, however deaths amongst women from lung most cancers and persistent decrease respiratory illness have risen.
There has additionally been a spike in deaths from problems of dementia and Alzheimer’s, the Times reports.
Lung most cancers in males has dropped by almost a 3rd, however the fee of males dying from dementia and Alzheimer’s has risen.
Stark regional variations between life expectations inside the UK are additionally proven in the report, in accordance to the newspaper.
England had the longest life expectations for each sexes, adopted by Wales.
Men dwelling in probably the most disadvantaged areas of England might anticipate to reside 9 years lower than males in the least disadvantaged areas, and women seven years much less.
Professor Peter Goldblatt, of University College London’s Institute of Health Equity, informed The Sun on Sunday: “Women in this country started smoking in large numbers during the Second World War when they began to work in factories. So the epidemic of smoking among women happened earlier [in Britain] than among women in other European countries.”
Public Health England stated: “For most people the ingredients for a healthy life are a good education, a good job, a healthy diet, a suitable roof over your head and people to care for and about.”