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New report finds that health inequality in the UK greater than previously thought

Published on 12/02/20 at 12:05pm

Men are living seven years in poor health while women are living nearly ten years, according to a new report.

The research titled ‘The Health of the Nation: A Strategy for Healthier Longer Lives’, has been written by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for longevity based on new NHS data.

It found that men on average were being diagnosed with their first long-term medical condition at 56 and women at 55. In poor areas, women were diagnosed at 47 with men at 49 years old.

The report also found that the number of major illnesses suffered by older people will increase by 85% between 2015 and 2035. It also found older people in poorer areas have 35% more spent on them by the NHS than older people in more wealthy areas.

The research also highlights how an aging population will see larger numbers of cases of ill-health from now until 2035. There will be 16 million cases of type 2 diabetes, cancer, dementia and arthritis in people over 65 in the next 15 years. This is double the amount it was in 2015. By 2030, there will be 5.5 million with type 2 diabetes and 70% of people aged 55+ will have at least one obesity-related disease.

Conor Kavanagh


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