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Area is highest for male life expectancy
BOYS born in East Dorset have the longest life expectancy in the country, says the Office for National Statistics.
A regional breakdown reveals that, between 2010 and 2012, male life expectancy at birth was highest in east Dorset (82.9 years) and lowest in Blackpool (74).
Alderholt councillor Ian Monks, who is the leader of East Dorset District Council, said: “These statistics show how living in a calm and beautiful place like East Dorset can have such beneficial effects.
“The way of life here is obviously slower than in large urban areas but the outlook of people is different is well.
“Many people retire here because it is such an attractive place but we find that they are still active and want to volunteer and contribute to the community, which brings benefits to everyone.”
The same survey revealed the gap in life expectancy between men and women is narrowing, with less than four years between them. The change in fortunes is being pinned on men stopping heavy manual labour and more women working.
The potential lifespans of men and women are more similar now than at any time since the early 1950s, when the life expectancy of women was just over 70, and men could expect to live only to their late 60s.
Life expectancy has continued to rise all round as all generations enjoy better food, lifestyles and healthcare.
The ONS report said: “Although both sexes have shown annual improvements in life expectancy at birth, over the past 30 years the gap has narrowed from 6.0 years to 3.8 years.
“Although life expectancy is lower for males than females, males are experiencing large improvements at all ages.
“The greater increases at older ages add to evidence that increasing life expectancy over the last few decades is mostly due to improving mortality rates at older ages.”
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