24.02.10

Latest Healthy Life Expectancy Figures Released

According to the figures released by the Office for National Statistics today, in 2005-2007 males in the UK could expect to live in good or fairly good health for 68.4 years at birth and 12.9 years at 65; for females, the equivalent figures are 70.4 years and 14.5 years respectively.

Healthy life expectancy (HLE) for males at birth was highest in England (68.7 years) and lowest in Wales and Northern Ireland (67.1 years).  Similarly, female HLE at birth was highest in England (70.7 years) and lowest in Northern Ireland (69.0 years).

At age 65, men’s HLE was highest in England and Northern Ireland (12.9 years) and lowest in Scotland (12.5 years); women’s was also highest in England (14.6 years) but lowest in Wales (13.0 years).

Disability-free (DFLE) life expectancy for males at birth was highest in England (62.9 years) and lowest in Wales (59.3 years); for females, DFLE was also highest in England (64.0 years) but lowest in Northern Ireland (61.1 years). 

At age 65, DFLE was highest in England (10.2 years) and lowest in Wales (8.7 years); women’s is highest in England (10.7 years) and lowest in Northern Ireland (9.1 years). 

HLE estimates for Scotland were the second highest for males and females at birth (67.3 and 69.9 years respectively).  As Scotland had the lowest life expectancies, Scottish residents in this period are estimated to spend the least number of year of life in poor health; consequently, a greater proportion of their lives will be spent in good or fairly good health on average, compared with residents of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The pattern of health expectancies at birth and at age 65 by sex across the countries of the UK in 2005-07 was predominantly similar to that reported in 2004-06.

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