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Where you live can harm your health


Friday December 7th 2012

The difference in health between those living in the most and least deprived parts of England is getting bigger, research has claimed.

Academics from the University of Liverpool found residents in places which had become wealthier in the nine years between 1998 and 2007 were also expected to live longer. And the areas which were poorest in 1998 saw the smallest rise in life expectancy.

The report, published on bmj.com, looked at information from 324 councils as well as figures from the NHS Information Centre and the Office for National Statistics. The study revealed that when unemployment fell by just 1% in an area, men were expected to live an extra 2.2 months while women were likely to survive another 1.7 months.

On average the life expectancy for women increased by two years and two months between 1999 and 2008. But in the most deprived 20% of local authorities the rise was two years - two months less than the average.

In the nine year period the age men are expected to live to increased by two years and 10 months. But again the rise in poorer areas with the worst health indicators was two months shorter.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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