People in UK living longer lives with more ill health in later years

September 4, 2015 | 7years | Insurance News

People are living longer but they are seeing more illness and disability in their older years, research published in the Lancet has found.

In the UK, men gained 23 years of life expectancy between 1990 and 2013, of which 4.7 years were considered to be "healthy life expectancy".

Women in the UK gained 4.4 years, of which 3.3 were considered to be healthy.

The fastest growing cause of health loss for men was diabetes, which increased at a rate of 65%, while Alzheimer's disease increased at a rate of 54%.

Diseases of the sense organs, such as vision and hearing loss increased at a rate of 24% for UK men.

For women, the largest increases were in Alzheimer's which increased at a rate of 22% while low back and neck pain increased at a rate of 17%.

Lung cancer in women increased at a rate of 13%, the study Global, regional, and national disability‐adjusted life years (DALYs) for 306 diseases and injuries and healthy life expectancy (HALE) for 188 countries, 1990‐2013: quantifying the epidemiological transition found.

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