Life expectancy ’closely linked’ to deprivation

Scots from most deprived areas spend more of their lives living in poor health

Thursday 28th February 2019

Healthy life expectancy, the amount of time a person in Scotland could expect to live in good health, was 62.3 years for males and 62.6 years for females in 2015-2017, according to the latest publication from the National Records of Scotland.  

Healthy life expectancy for Scottish Areas 2015-17 shows, on average, males born in Scotland in 2015-2017 could expect to live for 77.0 years, 62.3 of those being in good health.  

Meanwhile, females could expect to spend 62.6 years out of a total of 81.1 in good health.

This is slightly lower than the UK average but people in Scotland are expected to spend a greater proportion of their lives in good health than in any other UK country.  

Life expectancy and deprivation are closely linked, the report states.  

“These figures are closely linked to deprivation with males in the most deprived areas of Scotland spending 22.5 years fewer in good health than those in the least deprived areas.  

“For females, the deprivation gap in healthy life expectancy was 23.0 years.” 

Female healthy life expectancy was highest in the Orkney Islands, where females could expect to spend 75 years in good health. 

Male healthy life expectancy was highest in East Dunbartonshire where males born in 2015-2017 could expect to spend 68.9 years in good health. 

But healthy life expectancy was lowest in North Ayrshire, at 56.0 years for men and 57.1 years for women.