Life expectancy falls for Norfolk men but women are living longer
PUBLISHED: 18:20 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:39 03 January 2018
The life expectancy for men living in several parts of Norfolk is getting shorter – with Norwich seeing the steepest decline.
Boys born between 2014 and 2016 in Great Yarmouth, Norwich, Breckland, Broadland and South Norfolk are predicted to live less than those born in the previous two-year period.
It is only in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk that life expectancy has improved for boys in the past two years.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) also reveal a large divide between the life expectancy for different genders across the county.
Great Yarmouth has the highest gap, with women expected to live 4.6 years longer than men.
The data shows that boys born in Norwich and Great Yarmouth between 2014 and 2016 are expected to live less than the UK average of 79.2 years old.
South Norfolk, meanwhile, has the highest life expectancy for men at 81.4 years.
Girls born in the past two years in North Norfolk can expect to live for 84.6 years – the highest in the county and above the UK average of 83.1 years.
The figure for women across Norfolk has steadily increased in Great Yarmouth, Breckland, Broadland and South Norfolk.
In the other areas it has remained on par with ONS’s previous survey in 2013 – 2015. On average across the county, women are expected to live to 83.7 years.
Norwich has seen the biggest drop for life expectancy in boys, from 79.6 years to 78.9 years.
And Great Yarmouth has the lowest life expectancy in the whole of Norfolk at 78.1 years – down from 78.2 years.
Meanwhile, men in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk are now expected to live longer than ever.
Boys born in the area between 2014 and 2016 can now expect to live for 79.9 years – up slightly from 79.6 in the previous two-year period.
In recent decades, women have generally lived longer than men due to a range of lifestyle factors. Historically, men tended to smoke and drink more heavily than women, and are more prone to developing heart disease in later life.
However, this gap is narrowing as men are smoking and drinking less than previous generations.
The decline of heavy industry jobs and improvements in heart disease treatment has also produced improvements in male mortality.
Researchers look at the ages people die and the projected death rates in each area to calculate the general life expectancy.