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UK women living shorter lives than most European counterparts

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 11 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3871
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Women in the UK are faring worse than their European counterparts on major health indicators, a major new analysis has found.1

Public Health England’s annual health profile report notes that UK women ranked 18th out of 28 European Union member states for premature death. UK men are doing better by comparison and are ranked 10th.

And while UK male life expectancy was above the EU average in 2016 (ranked 10th), it was below average for females (ranked 17th).

While PHE’s report focuses on England, data on some indicators such as premature death and life expectancy is collected for the UK as a whole.

Life expectancy of both …

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