Old age survival rates seem to be much poorer in parts of UK than in other European countries, said a new study.
The study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health analyzed the survival rates of millions between two decades namely, 1991-2001 and 2001-2011 in 18 countries across Europe.
They found that in 2001, the survival rates for men was 27% and among females it was 40%. After a period of 10 years, the survival rates rose to 34% among men, and to 47% among women.
The low survival rates were mainly in the industrial regions of the UK like Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and in the London. About 18% of women and 7% of men were living in these areas in 2011.
Researchers concluded, "It is most likely that the observed patterns arise from a combination of two kinds of health determinants: poverty, which explains the low longevity found in areas like Portugal, southern Spain, southern Italy and post-industrial areas; and unhealthy lifestyles (eg, tobacco, diet), which might explain the presence of areas of low survival in affluent areas of Scandinavia or the Netherlands."