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Women In Barnsley Have Longer Lives Than Men, New Figures Reveal

Monday October 28 2013


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WOMEN in Barnsley live longer than men - but the life expectancy for men is improving at a faster rate.

Figures from public health show women in Barnsley live on average 80.9 years and men live for 77.4 years, compared to 82.9 and 78.9 years nationally.

There is a variation in life expectancy across the borough with up to 6.1 years' difference between the area with the highest and lowest life expectancy for men and a gap of 7.6 years for women.

Sharon Stoltz, director of public health, said it was unknown why women appear to live longer, but said it could possibly be down to changing lifestyles over the last ten to 20 years.

"Women on average live longer than men, but the gap is narrowing faster for men than it is for women.

"In some ways, women have started behaving like men. More women have taken up smoking, drinking more alcohol and more women are obese.

"All these risk factors contribute, especially if the woman does little exercise.

"Having said that, women are living longer than they were 10 or 20 years ago - probably because of advances in medical science and treatment."

She said the aim was to narrow the gap between the Barnsley and national averages, and that it was important to get the message across to people to look after their health.

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Reply Posted by june on Monday October 28 2013 at 22:49
Haha, its natures way. survival of the fittest.:-) girl power.

Reply Posted by Tom on Tuesday October 29 2013 at 13:23
I don't see how the smoking and drinking can be blamed. Average annual alcohol consumption in the country has actually fallen, and the rates of people smoking has also fallen. After the war, most people smoked, now only a minority do.

More likely to be different types of work leading to increased risk of death, and the increased murder and suicide rates of men bringing down average life expectancy. The industries dominated by men, are the most dangerous. The industries dominated by women are the safest, men are about 30 times more likely to die at work. Men are 3 times more likely to kill themselves, and twice as likely to be murdered in this country than women.

21 men are born for every 20 women, but after about 20 or so years, the amount of women starts to exceed the amount of men for the age group due to the amount of men who have died.

Workplaces are much safer now, that has got to be a reason for people living longer on average.

I'd like to see the feminists campaign for a lower retirement age for men, to make up for our shorter lifespans, and ensure equality in the years of retirement.

But also to reduce the suicide rate in men, to reduce the murder rate of men, and to reduce the amount of men being killed at work.

Another worrying thing is the massive increase in murder of females under 1, and this will be having a large effect upon the average female lifespan, men are most likely to be murdered in their teens and twenties and this has recently been increasing, particularly for men in the poorest areas.

If you want to boost life expectancy, it'd probably best to boost it for the people who die early, instead of prolonging death in pensioners.

We need to start making sure females make it to their first birthday, and that men in area of high unemployment and poverty make it through their teens and twenties without dying.