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East has highest life expectancy in England

The East of England has the highest life expectancy in the country Credit: ITV Anglia

The Eastern region has the highest life expectancy in England, according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal.

Men in affluent areas of the East of England can expect to live to an average age of 83, eight years longer than men in deprived areas of the North West.

Women in the least deprived areas live to an average of 85 compared to 79 in the most deprived areas, the study has found.

Despite large health inequalities, England has overtaken many western countries, such as Norway, Canada, France, the Netherlands and Spain, for average life expectancy of men.

Men in affluent parts of the East of England live to an average age of 83 Credit: ITV Anglia

Each region in England has seen a rise of at least six years in life expectancy, which is largely down to a fall in cardiovascular disease and cancer deaths.

Across England people are expected to live to an average of 81 compared to 75 in 1990.

The study was co-authored by Professor Rupert Bourne of Anglia Ruskin University. It was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Public Health England.

Each region in England has seen a rise of at least six years in life expectancy Credit: ITV Anglia

"It is clear from this research that great strides have been made over the past 25 years in healthcare and this is having an impact on life expectancy all over the country.

“We’re now seeing fewer people dying from cancer and heart disease, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – the four biggest causes of death. Even safer roads have had a significant impact – road accidents were the 14th biggest cause of death in 1990 but 29th in 2013.

“The gap between rich and poor still remains and is a concern that needs to be addressed by government. In poorer areas there are higher instances of death from mental and substance use disorders which can also be linked to social factors.”

– Professor Rupert Bourne, Anglia Ruskin University