Geographic impact on life expectancy shows big variations in Hampshire

Geographic impact on life expectancy

Geographic impact on life expectancy

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THEY may live less than 40 miles apart, but it could literally mean the difference between life and death.

New research has found that a man living in parts of Southampton can, on average, expect to live to the age of 71.

But in one rural village just a few miles up the M3, women are typically living for another 30 years – and sometimes even more.

Figures from Public Health England have revealed the huge differences in life expectancy across the country and even the county.

Statistics reveal that women’s life expectancy in Southampton is more than three years higher than the opposite sex, a disparity reflected in many areas of the south.

According to the statistics, up to 2011, a woman who lives in Southampton all her life can expect to live on average 82.6 years, but a man can only expect 78.2 years.

Across Hampshire, average life expectancy for women is 83.7 and 80.2 for men – better than the national average.

Locally, men and women in Valley Park, Chandler’s Ford, have the highest life expectancy, with women expected to live to 89.3 and men to 84.7.

However if you’re looking for the secret to eternal life, it might be worth moving to the Beggarwood area of Basingstoke, where the average life expectancy for women is 104.3 – the second highest in the country.

The figure is just short of Northumberland which stands at 105 for women, while men live the longest in Westminster, reaching 97.7 years.

Life expectancy has continued to increase in England, rising 3.2 years for men and 2.4 years for women from 2000 to 2012. Professor John Newton, chief knowledge officer at Public Health England, said there were a number of reasons for the disparity.

He said: “The evidence is clear – a person’s likelihood of dying early varies widely between areas due to differences in risk factors such as being overweight, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, but these factors are also closely linked to economic deprivation and aspects of the way we live that may be bey-ond an individual’s control.”

Dr Andrew Mortimore, director of public health at Southampton City Council, said life expectancy was increasing in the city, with heart disease and stroke death rates reduced and cancer survival rates improving, and there were signs that the gap in health was narrowing. But he added more needed to be done to lessen the “unacceptable differences”.

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11:33am Tue 28 Jan 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

Perhaps it would help if the sub-editor was to read some of the articles written in the Echo

" New research has found that a man living in parts of Southampton can, on average, expect to live to the age of 71.
But in one rural village just a few miles up the M3, women are typically living for another 30 years – and sometimes even more. "

So in rural villages the life expectancy for women is 101?
Perhaps it would help if the sub-editor was to read some of the articles written in the Echo " New research has found that a man living in parts of Southampton can, on average, expect to live to the age of 71. But in one rural village just a few miles up the M3, women are typically living for another 30 years – and sometimes even more. " So in rural villages the life expectancy for women is 101? There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
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12:08pm Tue 28 Jan 14

jimbos says...

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire wrote:
Perhaps it would help if the sub-editor was to read some of the articles written in the Echo

" New research has found that a man living in parts of Southampton can, on average, expect to live to the age of 71.
But in one rural village just a few miles up the M3, women are typically living for another 30 years – and sometimes even more. "

So in rural villages the life expectancy for women is 101?
In some rural villages and it the life expectancy of people being born now.
A one size fits all state pension age is very unfair.
[quote][p][bold]There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it would help if the sub-editor was to read some of the articles written in the Echo " New research has found that a man living in parts of Southampton can, on average, expect to live to the age of 71. But in one rural village just a few miles up the M3, women are typically living for another 30 years – and sometimes even more. " So in rural villages the life expectancy for women is 101?[/p][/quote]In some rural villages and it the life expectancy of people being born now. A one size fits all state pension age is very unfair. jimbos
  • Score: 1

12:17pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Bevois Valley Resident says...

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire wrote:
Perhaps it would help if the sub-editor was to read some of the articles written in the Echo

" New research has found that a man living in parts of Southampton can, on average, expect to live to the age of 71.
But in one rural village just a few miles up the M3, women are typically living for another 30 years – and sometimes even more. "

So in rural villages the life expectancy for women is 101?
Yes - "if you’re looking for the secret to eternal life, it might be worth moving to the Beggarwood area of Basingstoke, where the average life expectancy for women is 104.3 – the second highest in the country".
[quote][p][bold]There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it would help if the sub-editor was to read some of the articles written in the Echo " New research has found that a man living in parts of Southampton can, on average, expect to live to the age of 71. But in one rural village just a few miles up the M3, women are typically living for another 30 years – and sometimes even more. " So in rural villages the life expectancy for women is 101?[/p][/quote]Yes - "if you’re looking for the secret to eternal life, it might be worth moving to the Beggarwood area of Basingstoke, where the average life expectancy for women is 104.3 – the second highest in the country". Bevois Valley Resident
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12:54pm Tue 28 Jan 14

TurquoiseJ says...

Photo of hospital ward is very out of date. Not so many of that style of bed left
Photo of hospital ward is very out of date. Not so many of that style of bed left TurquoiseJ
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1:33pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Phil76 says...

"...it could literally mean the difference between life and death."

Really? Literally?

Mmm.
"...it could literally mean the difference between life and death." Really? Literally? Mmm. Phil76
  • Score: 0

1:37pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Bevois Valley Resident says...

Phil76 wrote:
"...it could literally mean the difference between life and death."

Really? Literally?

Mmm.
Why not 'literally'? It's not a figurative difference between life and death that the article is referring to. It's an actual, or literal, one.
[quote][p][bold]Phil76[/bold] wrote: "...it could literally mean the difference between life and death." Really? Literally? Mmm.[/p][/quote]Why not 'literally'? It's not a figurative difference between life and death that the article is referring to. It's an actual, or literal, one. Bevois Valley Resident
  • Score: 3

1:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

SilvanDryad says...

Professor Newton said: “The evidence is clear – a person’s likelihood of dying early varies widely between areas due to differences in risk factors such as being overweight, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, but these factors are also closely linked to economic deprivation and aspects of the way we live that may be bey-ond an individual’s control.”

So moving house to Beggarwood won't help if you are a male, obsese, heavy drinking smoker.

However, if you are a fit and healthy male nearing retirement, then moving to an area with a statistically poor male life expectancy may help you secure a better annuity rate. Don't move to East Dorset - try Sunderland or somewhere else up North. (The actuaries just use the stats.)
Professor Newton said: “The evidence is clear – a person’s likelihood of dying early varies widely between areas due to differences in risk factors such as being overweight, lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, but these factors are also closely linked to economic deprivation and aspects of the way we live that may be bey-ond an individual’s control.” So moving house to Beggarwood won't help if you are a male, obsese, heavy drinking smoker. However, if you are a fit and healthy male nearing retirement, then moving to an area with a statistically poor male life expectancy may help you secure a better annuity rate. Don't move to East Dorset - try Sunderland or somewhere else up North. (The actuaries just use the stats.) SilvanDryad
  • Score: 7

7:21pm Tue 28 Jan 14

cliffwalker says...

Bevois Valley Resident wrote:
Phil76 wrote:
"...it could literally mean the difference between life and death."

Really? Literally?

Mmm.
Why not 'literally'? It's not a figurative difference between life and death that the article is referring to. It's an actual, or literal, one.
I suppose, then, the word "literally" is otiose - redundant, indeed, perhaps even superfluous.
[quote][p][bold]Bevois Valley Resident[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Phil76[/bold] wrote: "...it could literally mean the difference between life and death." Really? Literally? Mmm.[/p][/quote]Why not 'literally'? It's not a figurative difference between life and death that the article is referring to. It's an actual, or literal, one.[/p][/quote]I suppose, then, the word "literally" is otiose - redundant, indeed, perhaps even superfluous. cliffwalker
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