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Public health findings show women still outliving men

Women are still living longer than men, although men's life expectancy has increased slightly
By Mairead Holland

WOMEN can still be expected to live an average of four years longer than men, according to figures released by the Department of Health.

But the good news for men is that their life expectancy has risen slightly, by six months to 78.5 years, over the past five years to 2017.

The annual Public Health NI Fact Sheet also found that life expectancy for women has remained unchanged at 82.3 years during that period.

Male life expectancy ranges from 79.8 years in the Lisburn and Castlereagh area to 75.8 years in Belfast, while female life expectancy stands at 83.4 years in Lisburn and Castlereagh and 81 in Belfast.

In relation to suicide, there were 16.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2015-17.

The suicide rate was highest in the Belfast Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust with 24.7 deaths per 100,000 people, and lowest in the Northern HSC Trust, with 13.3 deaths per 100,000.

In 2017/18, 18 per cent of respondents scored highly on the General Health Questionnaire.

In the same year, there were 24 admissions to hospital per 100 population.

Circulatory disease resulted in 2,062 admissions per 100,000 in 2015/16–2017/18, with 2,074 due to respiratory disease.

Seventy-seven per cent of adults drank alcohol in 2017/18 while 18 per cent smoked, and the under-17 teenage birth rate stood at 1.3 births per 1,000 in 2017.

The preventable mortality rate was 207 deaths per 100,000 in 2013-17.

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