by Dr. Meenakshy Varier on  November 28, 2016 at 11:39 AM Health Watch
  • The age, gender and place of residence decides an individual’s average life expectancy.
  • The study offers the life expectancy based on current mortality trends.

Want to Know How Long You Might Live?
A widget that predicts the life expectancy of an individual by taking into account the age, the health and the area where he/she resides, has been developed.

The figures from the Office of National Statistics in the United Kingdom, gives an indication of the average life expectancy of a person in a particular five year age-group, based on the current mortality trends in that area.

How many years an individual will live depends on their current age. The older an individual is, the higher the life expectancy is likely to be.

This is because, survival rate from a particular age depends on mortality rates beyond that age and survival from birth, depends on mortality rates at every age.

Life expectancy according to area, age and gender-

Top Localities
The top 50 localities with highest male life expectancy at birth include-London, South East, East of England, South West and East Midlands.

The life expectancy of a 65 year old man was highest in Kensington and Chelsea with an average 21.6 years more to live.

For women, the localities with highest life expectancy at birth included, North West, Yorkshire and The Humber.

The life expectancy of a 65 year old woman was highest in Camden with an average of 246 years more.

Bottom Localities
The bottom 50 localities with the lowest life expectancy at birth include North East, North West and Wales.

The lowest life expectancy in the UK was seen in Manchester.

A 65 year old man could expect to live just for another 15.9 years while a woman could live for another 18.8 years.

A woman in her early 20's from Greater Manchester could live up to the year 2078 and a man in his early 20's could live up to 2074.

Baby boys born this year in Manchester are expected to live up to 76.1 years of age and baby girls up to 80.3 years.

Despite improvements in life expectancy, the inequalities between local areas with highest and lowest newborn life expectancy has increased.

The figures obtained from the widget, are not based on conclusive evidence.

The death rates are likely to change in future, with improvements in life expectancy. This is because many individuals who live in a particular area are likely to move to another area, at least during some part of their life.

Source: Medindia

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