Life expectancy for the UK is higher in 2013 to 2015 compared to 2009 to 2011 but the proportion of life spent in good health is falling, due to the improvement in life expectancy exceeding that of healthy life expectancy.
This is according to the Office of National Statistics Report. Sarah Caul, Senior Health Researcher stated “Improvements to healthcare and living healthier lives mean that as a nation we are living longer and newborn boys and girls can expect to live for 79 and 83 years respectively. However, while we are living longer we are spending a smaller proportion of our overall lives in good health which puts a greater challenge on health services.”
A newborn baby boy could expect to live 79.2 years and a newborn baby girl 82.9 years if mortality rates remain the same as they were in the UK in 2013 to 2015 throughout their lives.
A newborn baby boy could expect to live 63.1 years in good health if they experienced the same health status rates as observed between 2013 and 2015, 0.8 years lower than it was for baby girls. For males, healthy life expectancy increased by 0.4 years since 2009 to 2011 but for females it remained static at 63.9 years.
Disability-free life expectancy at birth was 62.7 years for males in 2013 to 2015, 0.3 years higher than it was for females.
Females continue to have a higher number of years in good health than males, despite this males live a higher proportion of their lives in good health and disability-free.
The highest life expectancy at birth for males is 83.4 years in Kensington and Chelsea, the lowest is 73.4 years in Glasgow City. The highest estimate for females is 86.7 years in Hart (South East of England); the lowest is 78.7 in West Dunbartonshire.
For males at birth across the UK, Rutland had the highest estimates for healthy and disability-free life expectancy (71.1 and 70.8 years respectively). The lowest estimates are 54.0 years in good health in Tower Hamlets and 51.3 years disability-free in Blaenau Gwent.
For females at birth across the UK, the highest estimate of years in good health was 74.6 years for Orkney Islands and the lowest was 51.4 years in Antrim and Newtownabbey. Wokingham had the highest years spent disability-free with 71.8 and Glasgow City had the lowest with females on average living 54.1 years disability-free.