Although life expectancy (LE) and healthy life expectancy (HLE) have been increasing in Scotland in recent years, both tend to be worse (lower) in Scotland than in the UK as a whole. Indeed, Scotland has one of the lowest levels of LE in Western Europe.
Overall male and female Healthy Life Expectancy has, like life expectancy, demonstrated an overall upward trend. Healthy Life Expectancy in males increased from 62.6 years in 1980 to 68.1 years in 2008. For females Healthy Life Expectancy increased from 65.9 years in 1980 to 70.8 years in 2008.
For both males and females in the most deprived communities there is a shorter healthy life expectancy at birth and a longer the period expected to be spent in ‘not healthy’ health.
Scottish Public Health Observatory
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