Life expectancy on increase in Lothians

A REDUCTION in strokes, heart disease and cancer has seen average life expectancy in the Lothians rocket.

Health chiefs have said people live three years longer than five years ago, with death rates in the area falling despite a population increase. Average life expectancy for men is now 76.7 and for women 81.1.

A mixture of medical advances and progress on health awareness has been credited with the improvement, which takes the mean lifespan of a Lothians resident well beyond the national average.

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Director of public health Dr Alison McCallum said: "It is very satisfying to have confirmation from these latest figures that people are living longer in the Lothians and that premature deaths have fallen across all socio-economic groups."