Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow has lowest life expectancy in UK

Glasgow continues to have the lowest life expectancy in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Figures for 2004-2006 and 2008-2010, show that men in the city live to an average age of 71 and women to 78.

This compares to 85 for men and 87 for women in the highest UK areas - Kensington and Chelsea in London.

Average life expectancy in Scotland was 75 for men and 80 for women. England had the highest levels in the UK with 78 for men and 82 for women.

The report said, however, that life expectancy was improving at an equal pace in all parts of the UK.

It highlighted that the two London boroughs with the highest life expectancy in the UK - Kensington and Chelsea - have an affluent mobile population.

Glasgow on the other hand was a poorer city with more social problems, it said.

Researchers observed that while certain aspects of health were no different in Glasgow than elsewhere in Scotland, a number of health indicators, such as obesity, diabetes, diet and alcohol consumption, were "elevated" in the city.

They noted: "Although a substantial proportion of these differences can be accounted for by the distinct socio-economic profile of the area, there are aspects of health which transcend the socio-economic explanation and seem to represent a 'Glasgow effect'."

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