Dementia is now leading cause of death in women in England

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 14 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3445
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Dementia has become the leading cause of death among women in England, overtaking heart disease, and the second most common cause among men, show new figures from Public Health England.

The agency published its Health Profile for England on 13 July,1 which it said was the first time it had used its full population health data to give an overall picture of the health of England.

Overall, people in England are living longer than ever, said the report, with life expectancy now reaching 79.5 years for men and 83.1 years for women, but much of the extra time is spent in poor health.

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