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Men's life expectancy has increased
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:06 am 

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Men's life expectancy has risen by nearly three years over the last decade, Government figures have shown.

The improvement has narrowed the gap between men and women to just four years - boys born in England between 2007 and 2009 can expect to reach the age of 78, while girls are likely to live past their 82 birthdays.

Since 1998-2000, male life expectancy has increased by 3.7%, while women's has risen by 2.5%, according to Department of Health statistics.

Back then, the gap in life expectancy was nearly five years, with boys expecting to live to 75.3 while girls were more likely to reach 80.1.

More people survived cancer to live past the age of 75 in 2007-9, while the number of people who died from circulatory diseases including strokes almost halved in both men and women.

Mortality rates in England also fell in 2007-2009 by more than 22% in men and almost 18% in women.

Deaths from circulatory diseases among women were less than half the rate for men, falling to 43.2 per 100,000 compared with 99.4 per 100,000 for males, the report said.


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