Male healthy life expectancy in Scotland's largest cities
Male HLE Scot cities 2018 20
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The graph above shows male healthy life expectancy at birth in Scotland's four largest cities in the period 2018-2020. 

Edinburgh had the highest male healthy life expectancy at birth (64.2 years) and Glasgow City the lowest male healthy life expectancy at birth (56 years). This represents a gap in healthy life expectancy of approximately 8 years.

In Scotland as whole, healthy life expectancy has reduced in recent years and the gap in healthy life expectancy between men and women has narrowed. Overall female healthy life expectancy at the national level remains still slightly higher than male healthy life expectancy. In Glasgow, female healthy life expectancy (57.4 years) is 1.4 years longer than for men (56 years).


Healthy life expectancy (HLE) is an estimate of the average number of years a person from a particular place is likely to spend in good health. It is shorter than life expectancy because it excludes years likely to be spent in fair or poor health. 

HLE estimate uses data from a five point response to a general health question in the annual population survey (APS) with those who answered as being in 'good' or 'very good' health classified as being healthy. The HLE estimates then use the 'healthy' prevalence rate (calculated from the APS) alongside deaths and population data to calculate the average number of remaining years in good health.  

The 95% confidence limits for these estimates are shown on the graph.

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