People in north England are 20 per cent more likely to die young

People in north England are 20 per cent more likely to die young


incamerastock / Alamy Stock Photo By New Scientist staff and Press Association People in northern England are 20 per cent more likely to die before the age of 75 than those in the south. Iain Buchan, of the University of Manchester, UK, and his colleagues analysed Office for National Statistics death data from 1965 to 2015, dividing England into two regions. The northern region also included the midlands, while the southern region included East Anglia. They found that, since the mid-1990s, the number of deaths among people between the ages of 25 and 44 have been rising. In 2015, there were 49 per cent more deaths among 35 to 44-year-olds in the northern area than in the south, and 29 per cent more deaths among 25 to 34-year-olds. “Five decades of death records tell a tale of two Englands – north and south – divided by resources and life expectancy,” says Buchan. The study didn’t look at the causes of death, so could not identify what was causing the rise in premature deaths in northern England. However Buchan suggests that economic and social factors underpin these early deaths, and solving this will require a rebalancing of the economy Journal reference: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, DOI: 10.1136/jech-2017-209195 Read more: Rising life expectancy in England has slowed since recession More on these topics:
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