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Life Expectancy In Barnsley Is On The Up

Tuesday December 10 2013

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THE town's men and women are living longer, new figures have revealed. 

The latest data published in October 2013 shows the gap in life expectancy between Barnsley and England has reduced for the first time in years.

The gap in life expectancy had been widening from the national average for many years. However, recent figures show that for men the gap has reduced from 1.5 years in 2008-2010 to 1.4 years in 2008-2012.

It's also good news for women too as figures show there has also been a reduction, from 2 years in 2008-2010 to 1.5 years in 2010-2012.

The average life expectancy of Barnsley women has increased from 80.5 years in 2008-2010, to 81.5 years in 2010-2012.

It's also a similar trend for men in Barnsley with average life expectancy increasing from 77 years in 2008-2010 to 77.8 years in 2010-2012.

Improvement in overall health is one of the main reasons for closure in the gap.

The number of deaths in people under 75 years from cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke, and cancer has been falling in Barnsley over a number of years following trends across England.

There has also been a reduction in the premature deaths due to cancer. The gap between Barnsley and the national average is now at all time low.

Cllr Chris Lamb, cabinet spokesperson, said: "It's great news that we're closing the gap between Barnsley and the national average.

"There has been a significant increase in the average life expectancy of baby girls and boys born in the borough over the last two decades.

"Today a baby boy born in Barnsley can now expect to live to an average age of 77.8 years, a significant increase of 5.5 years in the last 20 years.

"During the same period there has also been an increase for girls, with average life expectancy increasing 3.8 years to 81.5 years.

"We believe these improvements are partly down to people making healthier life choices, such as not smoking, as well as improvements in the treatment of chronic disease such as blood pressure and cardiovascular risk."

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Reply Posted by Richard on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 17:24
Oh ok then....just a week ago they were complaining that 31,000 people OVER 75 were dying due to not being able to put their heating on! Now it's confirming that these same people were reaching their natural end anyway!

Talk about stupid journalism (or a stupid Labour Councillor trying to generate a headline for himself!)

Reply Posted by Wedge on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 18:57
Very true Dick

Reply Posted by Purple Haze on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 21:33
It was only a few days ago that we were being told of the age at death discrepancy between east and west Barnsley. So these numbers are they a true reflection of the average of both or do they show the best numbers which are of course for the east?

Reply Posted by you on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 22:43
Hey Me, its the same all over. Its all the crap that's being pumped into our food! Eat natural,try an give the ready meals/takeaways/and crap a miss.

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday December 10 2013 at 23:07
Hey you its true, nowadays folk dunt cook jst pick up the fone n av it deliverd,,,, takeaway =s exercise i say

Reply Posted by ejaleigh on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 12:39
Has it gone up because they have temporarily shut Greggs down for a refit?

Reply Posted by len on Thursday December 12 2013 at 12:25
No.... it's because they shut the pits down. Barnsley is a much cleaner place to live now.

Reply Posted by len on Thursday December 12 2013 at 12:27

Reply Posted by craig on Friday December 13 2013 at 17:18
25,000 elderly died due to the cold weather last year Richard - that's a fact not fiction.

Reply Posted by observer on Sunday December 15 2013 at 09:10
what a load codswollop.. there are young kids with cancer in the hospitals. life is evenly balanced. its natural...the old die. the young die. and some in between which are often dead of natural causes.its all a its all propoganda. and scaremongoring. theres an old saying. your here one minute, and gone the next. that is the truth.

Reply Posted by Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know on Sunday December 15 2013 at 09:31
Wise words, just a shame The Grim Reaper is not more selective & rid the world of thieving, drug dealing & low life filth who pray on children & the old first