Healthy life expectancy for women in UK drops by almost FIVE MONTHS

Healthy life expectancy for women in the UK drops by almost FIVE MONTHS in the space of just five years – but men have seen no significant change

  • Office for National Statistics data shows healthy life expectancy fall for women
  • In 2017/19 for men it was 62.9 years, no significant change on stats in 2014/16 
  • For women it was 63.3 years, down significantly on 63.7 years recorded 2014/16 

Healthy life expectancy for women in the UK has fallen by

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Women’s healthy life expectancy drops by five months, but men see no change

Women’s healthy life expectancy (HLE) has fallen by five months while the rate for men has stayed the same, Government figures show. 

On Monday, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published data analysing life expectancy for men and women from 2017 to 2019.  It showed that female HLE was almost five months shorter between 2017 to 2019 than in 2014 to 2016, and at its lowest since the time series began in 2009 to 2011. 

Between 2009 and 2011, there was a difference of 1.1 years between male and female HLE at birth. Since then, female HLE has declined, while

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