Thursday, 8 August 2019

Deaths registered in England and Wales: male/female life expectancy gap narrowing

This latest release from the Office of National Statistics reports that 541,589 deaths were registered in England and Wales in 2018, an increase of 1.6% compared with 2017 (533,253); this is the highest annual number of deaths since 1999.

The gap between male and female life expectancy at age 65 has narrowed. In England, the life expectancy of 65-year-old women in 1991 to 1993 was 3.7 years higher than that of men, but by 2015 to 2017 (latest available), the difference had fallen to 2.3 years. A similar decrease was observed in Wales, where the difference between the life expectancy of 65-year-old men and women fell from 3.8 years in 1991 to 1993 to 2.4 years in 2016 to 2017.

The gap is narrowing but equality is still years away!

UPDATE: See Why do women live longer than men?

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